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Contributing to the very worthy and absolutely made-up genre of shoecore (in layman's terms, that's doting shoegaze + a slight hint of grindcore), Fir Cone Children impressed with their sweet but sinister songs on The Age of Blastbeats. Now they return with a record called 'Firconium' hich doubles down on the lovely melodic stuff and absorbs the volume and intensity into the hooks. It'll be a treat for fans of lo-fi shit-stirrers like Joanna Gruesome and Johnny Foreigner.

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Limited CD on Blackjack Illuminist Records in handmade sleeve with photos, lyrics and hand drawn element by the band.

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Firconium by Fir Cone Children
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 03 August 2016

Previously On Norman Records: a band called Fir Cone Children released a record called ‘The Age of Blastbeatles’ and I enjoyed it for effort alone. While they weren’t quite the beginning of shoecore (gaze + grind, for those wondering on the concoction) I was hoping for, their sound hit a nice spot for all enjoying a dirgey, lo-fi and slightly punked-up twee pop, a la Joanna Gruesome with a bit of Pete Astor. Now they’re back with ‘Firconium’ and the ingredients are largely the same: some ferocious bits, sprinkled between some real sweet stuff.

They contain multitudes, they love a lot of things, and they sound like sounds. “Family (First Encounter)” has the kind of subdued and bottled sound of Blur’s “Coffee & TV” if you let someone solo the fuck over it, while the shoegaze enthused pedals of “Cry Cry Cry Cry” exchanges gnarled amp worship with nasal pop confessional. “Turn Around” has the kind of slow, taunting noise march of Brian Jonestown Massacre but speeds up as if in tribute to a kindly, flippant Free Design.

I liked that last record because, as the name suggested, it was a grab bag of things the Fir Cone crew like. It’s rare bands who want to make every song they’ve ever heard are successful -- the myriad of pop conventions this band have been paying attention to come through in their exciting, accidentally changing songs. And they’re always noisy. A big plus.



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