Redrum FC – Like the butthole surfers said

6.5/10

Don’t be deceived, Redrum FC is no Football Club. It is, in fact, a heavy mother fucking grunge trio from France. Their debut EP Like the butthole surfers said may also be deceiving in that they sound nothing like the Texas-based noise/art rock band Butthole Surfers. Redrum FC draw inspiration from a Butthole Surfers quote, “It’s better to regret something you did than something you didn’t do,” which is the perfect place to start digging into the bands sound.

Redrum FC really hold nothing back, as each of the four songs on this EP show the band in a different light. “No war” is an attack on the senses, heavy riffs galore and grimy vocals from singer/guitarist Antoine Puaux that will resonate with fans of The Melvins and/or METZ. “Ninja ghost” plays a little bit more with punk melodies, especially in the chorus, while also sounding a lot like early Nirvana. Isn’t that opening riff “Downer” by Nirvana at a slower bpm? Regardless, I like where this song goes. The bridge/break down at 2:15 was so unexpected and is unquestionably my favourite moment on the EP! It was like the Dead Kennedys and GWAR just having an orgy with my senses, fuck what an image that is.

On “Hurricane” Redrum FC attempt a more groove-based structure and through I really enjoy the drum intro, the song as a whole falls somewhat flat. Going back to the Butthole Surfers quote, it’s never a bad idea to try new things and a solid groove can make for an incredible song, especially when it has a killer drum intro, I will direct you to Pearl Jam’sW.M.A. But Redrum FC are at their best on this EP when they stick to the heavy, punk rock approach. The last track “Finger in the front” carries that grunge credo of soft verses, heavy chorus and Redrum FC seem much more at ease. Puaux straight up belts his lyrics on this track and the vocal harmonies are also on point.

Like the butthole surfers said shows a lot of potential. It has some weak points and lacks a bit of polish and production but it’s encouraging to see a new band that’s not afraid to take some chances.

Written by Lee Ferguson
*edited by Mike Milito

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What’s there to say about Lee? He is a lifelong Montrealer. He loves to eat in the shower and spend time with his pet Sam the Crow. Most of all, he loves music! Rarely seen without headphones in his ears, he is constantly seeking out new artists and genres, but always falls back on his love for 90’s rock and 80’s pop. Lee has been playing drums for over 15 years in a number of Montreal rock bands and is currently drumming for the alt-rock, punk/grunge-tinged band, Urban Spells. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Concordia University in 2007. So while he’s read just about every Shakespeare play, he promises to never quote any of them in social situations unless, of course, there is an attempted murder of the heir to the throne, then he’ll go all Shakespeare on everybody’s ass.

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