Release date: June 15th 2015. Label: Self Released. Formats: DD/Vinyl
I'm Fun (EP): Tracklisting
1.Feel The Whoosh 04:18
2.Enter The Woo-Tang 06:23
3.The Old "Reflection In The Bathroom Mirror" Trick (Y2K Remix) 04:07
4.Fucking Hell (Twirly Mix) 03:04
one, two, three, and four.
Has it been 3 years since the shy and retiring lot – Lords Of Bastard – released the heavy as hell and infectious CUDDLES. No it can't be. Yeah, it is. 3 god-damn long years without a new record from these guys. Surely it's time to fix that. Yeah it is. Lords of Bastard are back with the excellent groove laiden EP – I'm Fun. And sure fucking is from start to finish.
Expect down-tuned, fast-paced Sludge Rock riffs that only Lords of Bastard could come up with. Lords Of Bastard even through a cool sounding piano into the mix. If you dig your Noise Rock with BALLS and plenty of attitude then check it out as it will leave you grinning from ear to ear. Opening track – Feel The Whoosh – is an experimental slice of Sludge Rock with added grunge based menace. It's a snarling ugly fucker of a track that screams out two things – PARTY and ATTITUDE!!!
Lords Of Bastard may seem they have a hard edge appeal but they also have a cool warm fuzzy punk exterior that gives their sound a huge likability factor. Just enjoy the carnage as the band want to play with you. Even if it does mean they'll give you a good musical kicking.
Second track – Enter The Woo-Tang – is the strongest track on the EP as it mixes noise rock with a fuzz based sludge rock groove with hints of cool experimentation going on in the background. The vocals have a slight - “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON” kind of thing but it works in the bands favour. When the strange psychedelic noises appear the tone of the EP ventures into Jazz territory and you're transported into a weird trippy party where there's no escape from. Though wait until the 2nd half of the song as feels that Lords Of Bastard are paying pay homage to bands from legendary record label – Sub Pop Records. As it's a twisted sugary grunge pop kind of affair.
The EP's final two tracks maybe recognisable from long-time fans of the band as they originally appeared on their 2008 S/T debut album though both have been given slight remixes. It would have been cool if the band included a couple of new songs but I've heard rumblings of a new album not so long into the distant future. So that's something good to look out for.
Until then – I'm Fun – is a fast-paced, trippy slice of experimental Sludge Rock. Great stuff.
Words by Steve Howe