The Fades - The Fades

Nancy Roxx 26/04/2007

Rating: 4/5

These London based lads have a genuine chance of breaking through the music scene thanks to the sound they so enthusiastically create. The Fades possess a knack for writing garage-punk with old skool ska Police-esque rhythms that relentlessly grab hold of you, and quite frankly, throttle you. Via scathing riffs and brooding bass lines, this album is raw, vigorous, wiry and enthralling from the off with Get Better, and it also includes their previous single releases.

The dirty, rolling riffs of Caca, Life Support and Fruit Machine are extremely infectious, putting you in the mood for good old fashioned riot. Music is Killing Me changes the pace temporarily, and beholds qualities reminiscent of The Clash, oozing sincerity as “This scene is over now, over now” is sung right from the heart

The ten songs that The Fades have chosen to place on their self titled, debut album are urgent, buzzing and energised, not to mention facetiously jagged and cool. It's a full on and enjoyable assault; straight forward, dirty but still manages to uphold pop appeal.