Fisherking – Forgetit

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Fisherking

Forget It - Bermuda Mohawk Records

While listening to Fisherking’s lastest EP, Forget It, I was instantly reminded of an album that I recently reviewed by hardcore punks Deep Sleep.  The disk was solid, and it didn’t take long to see that the veteran Baltimore act was deeply committed to thrashing it old school.  However, with their allegiances so set, what they accomplished in energy they struggled with in creative vision.  They salvaged the effort’s success thanks to a quick runtime, but anything more would have tested the attention span.

Extrapolating to Fisherking, the band tosses its lure into similar waters, but unlike Deep Sleep, isn’t weary of testing new bait.  The trio builds their core around the similar clamour of shouty, Black Flag-esque vocals, with the benefit of a rattling bass submerging them to the murky deep.  Truthfully, listeners will have to wade through a couple of shallow patches to reach the clearest waters (opener “Searching For Something New” and follow up “Right Is Wrong” expose early weaknesses), but once there, Forget It gives way to some formidable talent.

The band really seals the deal on their third track, “No Faith In Me,” demonstrating a remarkable amount of depth in tempo and technique.  The track expands on their sound through the slower pacing suggested in “Right Is Wrong,” making way for a guitar heavy chorus featuring the speedy 1-2-3 thud of drums that refusing to let up.  “Nothing Less” builds on the venture with a dramatic stop-n-go, tying in some amusing lyrics matching a spastic account of personal fulfillment.  In good humour, “Anxiety” follows in stark contrast to lines like “Want to see me happy? This is my happiness!” in the process making an admirable statement on mental health.

Forget It concludes with the title track, making a strong argument for the lengthy track to represent the album in title.  The song brings some heavy, metal-esque riffs and an addictive rock ‘n roll swagger usually left lurking under Fisherking’s punk exterior to the fore, cramming in technical solos alongside flailing vocals with expert balance.  It’s a sound that the album works towards, and one brimming with potential forFisherking’s future projects.

So while it took Deep Sleep ten tracks to settle on something fairly average, Forget It proves that the same classic formula can feel fresh and original in even just six tracks.  Just imagine what they can do with ten.