That Fucking Tank – Tanknology That Fucking Tank – Tanknology

That Fucking Tank – Tanknology

That Fucking Tank – Tanknology

Holy shit. There’s a lot of questionable band names out there, some are plain odd, some turn out to be pretty good and fit the music quite well, and some just work, for some reason. Never has a name been more apt for a band, than That Fucking Tank. “Tanknology” will torpedo whatever’s left of your worryingly damaged ear buds with ruthless efficiency.

DIY-manship is very much the whole schtick of TFT. The two man band book gigs and record their records themselves. What’s more, the overall sound of Tanknology is of the “Pick up, plug in, and go” variety. A guitar played through both bass and guitar amps combined with a minimal drum kit makes Tanknology’s wall of noise sound all the more impressive, because whilst the band itself is minimal, (two guys and some relatively basic gear) the impact is jaw dropping. On album highlight “Keanu Reef” for example, some seriously sinister guitar parts are combined with raw drumming ability to create an aural equivalent of a horror movie. Or on “Mr Blood”, (which lends itself to some of TFTs more math rock contemporaries such as Hella) where the band manage to blanket five minutes and eight seconds with moody guitar grumbling and cacophonous drumming. Similiarly “Dave Grolsch” builds menacingly for several minutes before unleashing itself into an anthem to soundtrack the more raucous moments of Jackass.

Providing a brief refrain is the instrumental version of Dancing In The Dark, (Bruce Springstonehenge) which continues the same improvised, off the cuff sound that TFT pull off so well. Closer “Steven Hawkwind” builds predictably enough, but soon descends into an eight minute freakout, bringing Tanknology to a fitting close.

It’s not all moody guitar parts and competent drumming, however. As the eagle eyed may notice, Tanknologys tracklisting reads like the Xbox live username of someone who plays too much guitar hero. The idea is that whenever the band spot an influence in one of their songs, it is named as such. With Tanknology however, TFT have just about managed to carve out a sound all of their own, and while they aren’t the first noisy math rock band in the world and they certainly won’t be the last, Tanknology will still more than likely tear you a new arsehole.

And that’s a fucking promise.

TrackListing:
1 It’s Your Letters 00:12
2 Keanu Reef 06:04
3 Mr Blood 05:07
4 John Faheyshanu 01:02
5 Dave Grolsch 04:58
6 Nancy Mustaine 00:16
7 Evan Dido 02:28
8 Bruce Springstonehenge 02:10
9 Ludwig Ii Of Bavaria 04:22
10 Stephen Hawkwind 08:12

That Fucking Tank - Tanknology, reviewed by Lemon on 2009-07-29T10:35:35+00:00 rating 3.7 out of 5



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