FEHM, a band from the very same West Yorkshire city as Norman Records itself, present their first release. Circadian Life is all about doing your thing throughout hardship, and the music is as tough as it ought to be, with a big dose of 80’s dramatism to the vocals and production. Cream vinyl on the Art Is Hard label.
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It's hard to be anything but gloomy living in Leeds. God it's bleak. That's why all the bands are so miserable and Fehm are the latest lot to transfer their misery onto record by way of expansive post punk.
Their relentless agitation recalls the doomy desolation of the first Eagulls album (Leeds y'see). 'Nullify' has the self same riff that opens Joy Division's 'Disorder' and has a similar sense of being chased down a concrete stairwell. Paul Riddle's vocals are a lot more determined than Ian Curtis. He does not yet sound totally defeated and instead rages against the world sometimes ascending into a kind of neo-stadium bark that truly alarms. 'Circadian Life' retains this rain -lashed relentless trudge through the dark back alleys of gothy post punk. There's a good sense of dynamism here that justifies the bands love for the likes of the Sound, guitars sound like they are being slashed by razors and the bass playing is both melodic and cutting.
Disclaimer: We've only heard a couple of the five tracks (don't want to go spoiling your lovely vinyl) but what has rattled out through the speakers so far is an incisive and faintly terrifying blast of gloom from the abyss.
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