After exploding onto the scene four albums ago, Fat Goth‘s fast paced Mike Patton style brand of wonky alt-rock made quite an impression, particularly with second album Stud (2013) and their third offering One Hundred Percent Suave (2014). Shortly after, the Scottish three-piece took a break from the heady heights of fame and (mis)fortune retiring from the Dundee ‘high life’ after the press storm to regroup. The result is their fourth album Enorme! due for release on May 5th 2017 via Hefty Dafty Records.
Taken from the album is poignant new track Thoroughbred, which premiered on Punktastic and is available to stream now on Fat Goth’s Soundcloud Page.
Enorme! is not short on meaty riffs, head-bobbing, balls out rock and a tight rhythm section that has become Fat Goth’s signature sound. However, the boys have turned their backs on the tongue-in-cheek themes conveyed in their last three albums, where they explored the feeling of being the outsiders, the awkward unfashionable don’t-give-a-shit outcasts that were expert at delivering huge, heavy music with sinister humour.
Frontman, vocalist and guitarist Fraser Stewart describes Enorme! as their “angriest” effort yet, as Fat Goth’s ire has turned to the political and social cluster fuck we currently all find ourselves in. “We live in a world where sociopolitical discourse, injustice and prejudices are rife and appear to increase on a daily basis, resulting in such dire circumstances becoming ‘the norm’ and subsequent headlines being met with continual indifference and fatigue,” Stewart explains. “Thanks to social media, we all have a platform where we can spout our outrage and condemn the things we see as wrong, but when everyone is doing the exact same and simply preaching to their respective choirs, there is no debate, no engagement and ultimately no resolve. We fight amongst ourselves allowing hatred and ignorance to cloud our judgement while those responsible continue to fly high and way out of reach of significant scrutiny and accountability. Thematically this is what Enorme! attempts to illustrate.” The anger, frustration and rage is contained within 30-minutes of fast-paced, high-octane rock.
Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Q, The Line of Best Fit, Terrorizer, Louder Than War, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland, Drowned In Sound, The Skinny, The List and many more of the band’s previous supporters should be happy to see the band return with their uncompromising sound and a more focussed outlook.
Enorme! is out May 5th 2017 via Hefty Dafty Records.