Small Town Murder Scene





Fembots have been making critically acclaimed music since their beginnings in 1998. The Toronto band's sound is a little bit country and yet a little bit experimental, which is a combination that makes for a very interesting album. Their new record, Small Town Murder Scene, begins with a screeching siren, which bleeds into the first proper track, "Broken And Blue". The first thing you notice is the vast space in the song. The acoustic guitar, vocals, and lowfi, distorted drums create a gorgeously melancholic tune. By the time you make it to the title track, it is obvious that Fembots are truly something special. Have you heard handclaps, bells, and a musical saw lately? It is the second half of this album that really stands out, pushing the boundaries of county, Americana, or however else you feel like classifying this group. "Mom's Ether Blues" uses odd keyboard bleep loops with a head-nodding beat on top of the lyrics "my mama's been drinking ether." This segues into "Theme From A Radio Play", which could easily be confused for the intro to a Portishead track. The 60's inspired mod-tastic bass is layered over a droaning church bell and some keys. It is their use of color and texture that has given Small Town Murder Scene repeated spins on my CD player. "Tombstone Blues", the album's final proper track, concludes with a fiddle layered over a wall of distorted drums and bass. Fembots are one of those bands that lives up to their hype, making truly remarkable music in a genre that has never seen much in terms of creativity and experimentation. This is definitely not music for old Pappy, sitting in his rocking chair, whittling a hunk of wood while sipping on moonshine. They have taken a traditional American musical style and given it a booster shot for our generation.

Fembots
Paper Bag Records

Posted:
Small Town Murder Scene