Former Lungfish man Daniel Higgs does not mislead when he promises a Fools Sermon: he does indeed deliver his twisted version of a new age religious sermon, carefully intoning each word as though tasting them as they leave his mouth. In the background are creeping desert-like instrumentals: quite the listen! The Fools Sermon, part 1 is out on Stephen O’Malley’s Ideologic Organ.
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1/10 The Doc Customer review, 19th April 2017
Dear oh dear oh dear. Lungfish were a great band, and I saw Daniel Higgs do a couple of spine-tingly good solo gigs at a crypt underneath a church in Skipton about ten years back, but this is very poor indeed. Kinda sounds like the ravings of some fucked up acid burnout that's been dragged from the gutter in San Francisco after having drunk a bottle of Everclear and pissed themselves. Meaningless, meandering Jim Morrison nonsense that reeks of patchouli and horseshit. It'd be interesting to see the lyrics actually written down to see if they make any more sense - on record it's impossible to follow because....... he.......pauses between......every two or three......words to try......to add.....gravitas......to the crap.......he's spouting. It rambles and waffles on for half a fucking hour, but you could probably read it on paper in a couple of minutes.
The instrumental stuff in the background is potentially interesting - kinda Southern gothic with dissonant banjos and some staccato percussion - but it's killed by the guff being intoned over the top. It didn't start well, but I thought I'd stick with it to see if it improved. It didn't. By the end of the first side I'd lost interest completely, but flipped in anyway in the vain hope that some of the genuine unsettling weirdness from the Lungfish days would appear. No dice. Somehow I managed to make it to the end, but I'll never be playing it again, and next time the kids can't find their Frisbee I've got a pretty good idea what they can use instead. Avoid this like the plague - it's fucking dire.
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