Fat Goth / Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh | 18th of April

Fat Goth / Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh | 18th of April

Fat Goth is a near perfect name for a rock band from along the Tay. It sparks memories of hanging around city centres as an ostracised teen having the insult lashed at us on a daily basis by cooler, prettier people listening to more conventional subgenres of music. It’s quite melancholic that this is the band’s penultimate show, as they go their separate ways at the end of the month. This band turned a spiteful label into a sarky, empowering name but it’s their breakneck speed and riffs drenched in noise that will have a lasting legacy in Scottish rock music.

When I look around to gage the crowd in Sneaky’s, I notice that nearly everyone has some sort of ear protection.  I should definitely invest in some for any future gigs I go to where there’s more pedals on stage than people in the audience. It has the atmosphere of a D.I.Y gig in that there’s not enough room for each of the bands equipment on the stage at once, so when a band finishes performing they lug all the equipment with them into the crowd, sitting on amps as they eagerly await the next act.

Fatalists by Pete Carson

The first alt-rock trio of the night is Fatalists, a prog-punk band that loves to jam with loud-quiet-loud dynamics. The complex guitar and bass grooves in off-beat tempos and jarring, dissonant notes are akin to math rock and the vocals of lead singer Zak Cotton bring out a ‘Black Francis’ quality as he transforms restrictive verses into bloody screams.

Britney by Pete Carson

It’s hard not to be a sucker for any band that uses the bass as its primary driving force. While all the bands who performed have bass tones that would make Jesse F. Keeler curious, Britney is certainly the standout hardcore group of the night. The tightness of their set and forcefulness of their metal makes me truly appreciate for the first time in years a band composed mostly of screaming accompanied by a non-stop double kick. Leader singer Stewart McLachlan toys around with a set of pedals, noisemakers and loopers to warp his chatty quips into alternate dimensions, using drops on a soundboard to troll the audience into listening to the infamous Tidus laugh. Robbie Smith is able to make his bass feel like an instrument of doom and drummer Davy Hollingsworth hits broken cymbals with the intensity of a hundred street fights. The songs don’t often last longer than a minute and there is enough power in a couple numbers to make your ears bleed, but there is something about it all that just works beautifully.

Fat Goth by Pete Carson

The gig is running late so Fat Goth power through their set with barely time to take in any applause. All their songs are addictive and punchy, with intense growls and that make you feel you are in the presence of a raw power. The heavy sound they produce draws influence from the heavy hitters of the Pacific Northwest, such as the Melvins, Nomeansno and Zeke. American blues-rock is at the core of their sound and even part of their look, as singer-guitarist Fraser Stewart looks like he belongs in a Texan dive bar staring down the crowd with his Les Paul and bushy beard.  The end of this band is imminent so it’s only fitting that they belt it out like it’s the last gig of their lives. Here’s hoping that they will harness their individual energies into something even harder and faster in the future.


One thought on “Fat Goth / Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh | 18th of April

  • nck-nckMay 25, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    All venues have to have free ear plugs available, just ask for them at the bar. If you go to a lot of gigs you must protect your hearing, imagine getting tinnitus. Horrendous. Nice review! Britney are always incredible


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