Adding to the list of sentences I wasn’t sure I’d ever say, today I’m taking a listen to the debut Frig Dancer album Hot Garbage. Throughout the album’s sixteen brief tracks, the New Brunswick duo bring a mix of rock n roll, punk, and hardcore. I didn’t hear anything mind-blowing on this album, but it is a solid listen. If you’re looking for something that sounds like The Bronx but snottier, Hot Garbage is worth checking out.
Frig Dancer put their sense of humour on full display right off the hop with the songs “Dry Throbber,” a straight forward piece of hard-rocking innuendo, and “Fire Truck,” a song whose lyrics were written by a four-year-old. The humour continues through songs like “Dirtbag Cat” and “Don’t Vomit on the Dog,” both of which seem to be about exactly what you think they’re about. There’s more to Hot Garbage than just a few laughs, Frig Dancer display some pretty decent musicianship during its runtime. Songs like “I Love Bungo” and “Triple Pounder” boast some blistering fast drum and guitar work and “Marty’s Wallet,” my favourite tune on the album, has a great melody throughout.
Whether or not Frig Dancer’s charm sticks around remains to be seen. I’ve mostly enjoyed my handful of listens through the band’s debut thus far, but I could see the joke getting a bit stale. I think Hot Garbage would be great in a live setting or if you’re feeling particularly fun that day, but I can’t see it being a daily listen.
Hot Garbage is a lot of fun. Frig Dancer is a pretty goofy band, but, between the solid punk/hardcore instrumentals and strong melodies, there’s some great musicianship throughout this debut album. Give this album a listen if you’re for someone looking for some punk rock that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Written by Justin Bruce
*edited by Danielle Kenedy