"Shit God Damn," the new single from LA-based FIM, sounds like a 2AM speed-fueled bender, that moment where the endorphins are running low, paranoia is kicking in, but there's still fun to be had. A lot of fun. Probably the most brash track on FIM's new EP Alien Beach Party, the song gallops to a racing bass line and industrial cacophony, all set to barely intelligible lyrics. It's the antithesis to safe indie pop and generic indie rock, that has been co-opted years ago. This is the music your folks warmed you about kids.
The "Shit God Damn" video is a bizarre clash of 50s sci-fi kitsch and David Lynch. This is Suicide meets Ween after too much absinthe and a midnight horror movie. FIM are their own animal, a reckless, untamed beast that is just as unbridled onstage. The video captures the varied influences of the band, from their goofy sense of Simpsons humor to their freak out, Beyond the Valley Of the Dolls weirdness.
Formed in 2009 by childhood friends Nick Biddle, Willem Broad, and Brandon Rauch, and later Rhea Fowler (Keys/Bass/Violin), Fim (translated as End in Portuguese) came together through a love of shared influences, namely bad horror films and challenging music. "We think it is really important for a band to have a distinct sound," explains the band. "With that being said, being able to bend through genres is something we really love to do." "Fast Cars" kicks off the album with a disco groove and pulsing beat, only to segue seamlessly into "Shit God Damn," a cacophony of punk energy with chugging bass line and strangled vocals. The B-side then harnesses a chill, contemplative vibe, with the band tapping into their more rhythmic, dub side. Alien Beach Party was self recorded and produced at different locations in L.A from apartment buildings to garages, and mixed by Richard Huredia (Dr. Dre, Outkast).
"Basically we love artists that have always thought outside the box and made their mark doing what they always artistically sought out to do without compromise," explains the band. "David Lynch, Jacque Drouin, and Kalle Lassen are examples of non-bands or musicians that are very inspirational.We just want to continue to make music and really enjoy doing so."
Alien Beach Party is available now, via 12'' vinyl/digital.
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