“Fetus In Jester” Meat Salad

Meat Salad

Fetus In Jester Album Review

Self-Released

Released December 23, 2016

Genre: Hardcore Punk, Garage Rock, Punk Rock

Every once in a while, an album comes along that changes the game, the genre, the entire world of music. Illmatic, The Dark Side of the Moon, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Bitches Brew, The College Dropout, Trans Europe Express ; well, now add another record to the canon of musical masterpieces. Fetus In Jester not only bristles with wit, talent, and sincerity but it pushes the boundaries of what it means to be a DIY band in 2017. This Garland/Denton quartet are basically the next Beatles – we just don’t know it yet.

In less than twenty-five minutes the avant-garde punk masters, Meat Salad, pummel through eleven tracks with ferocity and gnashing teeth. The result is a dirty, grimy, and all-together enthralling experience. “I Fucked My Cousin” is a guttural rallying cry that opens the flood gates for what the album has prepared for its listeners. “I Wasn’t Invited”, Meat Salad’s unofficial theme song if they had one, pulls a page out of The Sex Pistols’ playbook, with the vocals sounding vaguely British. With TWO countdowns in ONE song, there’s no other way to express how groundbreaking Meat Salad are; and we’re only two tracks in.

There are tons of other great tracks, practically ALL OF THEM. The atonal experiment “Rubbin’ One Out” shows that the quartet are not afraid to try something new. “I Want To Kill Myself (Unplugged)” is pure emotion, and nothing more. Listen to the lyrics, and fully take in the song’s message. Who knew that the DIY scene, especially from a group on their first record, could write such poetic lyrics that can rival the greats. This track will make Nirvana’s Unplugged record sound like a John Mayer song. Commenting on contemporary culture, “Laundry Day” is sure to express what all of us are thinking: that the fact that we have to do laundry sucks.

The ballad to end all ballads “I Entered Your Asshole, You Entered My Heart” is sure to make the lovebirds out there swoon and fall to their knees. Go ahead and book your romantic getaways now; “Let’s Get It On” has been dethroned. Meat Salad are also connoisseurs of high-art, with their tribute to Steve McQueen’s 2011 film Shame; “We Are Sex Addicts and We’re Ready to Fuck (a Film by Steve McQueen)” is a brilliant canvas that Meat Salad paint their knowledge, great taste, and history of art on with class.

“No Parking At Any Time” opens with an intimate introduction before propelling listeners into a fiery torrent of anger and frustration. With many sections within its brief ninety seconds, Meat Salad know how to pack a punch with some complex thought behind it. For comedy’s sake, “Mushroom Soup” is exactly what you think it’s about: that’s right, socialism. These guys are woke as hell. PAY ATTENTION TO THEM. Again, CHANGING THE GAME. They even comment on the shitty presidency of Donald Trump, showing how in touch they are with how the country’s current political climate feels – a ballsy political statement that bleeds past the fringes of a recording gone far too long.

Fetus In Jester is a sophisticated, brilliant, and intimidating body of work. A dense punk record that captures the spirit of the DIY scene, and a band breaking free from stereotypes and classification. This is the best thing to come out of Garland, Texas since LeAnn Rimes; and my eyes have been opened.

PRETTY NEAT MUSIC

FAV TRACKS: ALL OF THEM

LEAST FAV TRACK: NONE OF THEM

SCORE: 10/10

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