That Fucking Tank and those fucking riffs

Early morning posts are the way to go, getting up for class is overrated.

So this morning we’ve got the album TFT by the British noise rock duo, That Fucking Tank. They play a kind of progressive and noise rock hybrid, no vocals, all instrumental. They combine a thick, fuzzed out guitar tone with progressive song structures and constantly shifting riffage. The prog elements are all kept within one deep groove, which gives the album a excellent head bang factor and listenability.

Upbeat, catchy hooks will grab your attention and lead you along into a building storm of increasingly more technical guitar playing. While the playing on both drum and guitar is exceptionally tight, it has the perfect amount of fuzzy and greasy which a really sweet combination for anything coming from a “prog” group. A large amount of progressive rock is hyper-produced and extremely technical, which can make it tiring to listen to song after song. The Fucking Tanks do an excellent job of weaving some working class melodies into their musicianship.

The first four tracks on the album work you into a mellow position, with each song sounding like it might crush you skull at any moment but instead it just gives you a little tap on the head. Halfway through you do get the proverbial kick to the teeth with the 53 second “Nailbomb” which wakes you up for the ripping intro to “NWONWOBHM”. Playful flitting up the scale and then dropping you back down into some greasy grooves, only to be assaulted by shifting time signatures and whirlwind of guitar notes.

Then, you get dropped into “Acid Jam” which I can only describe as if groove and funk had a baby. Then bathed it in fuzz, and grease. Minimal drums and a oh so excellent baseline that goes all sorts of wonderful places will definitely keep your head in a nod and a smile on your face. Just in time for another sound explosion from “D8” which wakes you up for the two closing tracks, “Threads” and “End (of Wonderful World)”.

The album was released in December of last year and is currently on Bandcamp for about $8. I encourage you to give the entire album a listen through, you won’t be disappointed.

The Fucking Tank Bandcamp

The Fucking Tank Facebook

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