Fir Cone Children are all about writing and performing pop songs through the lens of fuzzed-out garage-goths: kind of as the corpse-paint pop idols on the cover would suggest. The Age Of Blastbeatles is a quick EP squeezed out between albums, with 7 tracks that speed along 2 minutes at a time. On Blackjack Illuminist Records.
7-track CD EP on Blackjack Illuminist Records.
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Awesome album title and a total failure to deliver on its promise? Sure. Fir Cone Children sort of do some blastbeats occasionally but they aren’t doing grindcore covers of Hey Jude, so… you know. They get sort of close to their gimmick on the title track opener, which features a super fast rhythm and some coos of “All you need is love”. Really, though, Fir Cone Children follow the very worthy hxc pop disciplines of Joanna Gruesome, sounding uncannily close to their distortatwee but shrouding it in a slightly more psychedelic approach to garage.
When there are blastbeats, they’re pretty good -- they cut through their tightly melodic songs with visceral impact, slicing the airy, dreamy vibe in half -- as on “From Afar”, where humming and distanced riffs suddenly get spliced by rocket-drum action. I’ve gotta say, though, they don’t need the blastbeat -- I’m a fervent advocate of it at all times, but a straight-and-narrow shoegaze cut like “Marsian” is second nature to them -- they sound best when they’re simply retelling a good daydream they had through the cutest-sounding pedals, letting strawberry-flavoured guitars swirl in and out of view. “Turn Around (Rock Version)” proves they can do Ty’s garage rawk, too, but the best bits aren’t the feedback ridden verses -- rather, it’s the vocal harmonies and that pretty refrain.
This is short ‘n’ sweet pop music with too many ideas for its own good -- unlike many, though, they can master their fair share of dynamics, and they mix them with the confidence of a pick ‘n’ mix personal shopper. It's still in the quiet moments I'm convinced though, in the clean mbv guitar twang of "Who Surrounds You?", when things get subdued but remain full of feeling. ‘The Age of Blastbeats’ is gnarly, lovely and short thank god. I like short pop.
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