A quartet from Merced, CA named after an REM song who sound only incidentally like the Athens, GA band. Choosing to be named for the opening song on REM’s difficult third album, an infamously contentious record amongst music hobbyists is a neat joke in itself. Most of the songs on their promising debut album Not Since The Accident fall somewhere between the anthemic stomping of Chapel Hill based band Superchunk and the sublime classic rock leanings of criminally forgotten Missoula, MT band Silkworm. Although it’s not particularly hard to guess their influences, it’s impressive the way that FGP never become derivative in an egregious manner. On the one hand, it’s certainly an album which showcases a band finding its feet in terms of recording but FGP also have a musical palette which is surprisingly mature considering their average age. It speaks volumes that the band have arrived with more than a handful of excellent songs and you can sense that they have an enormous amount of potential. You can count on a blind butcher’s hand the number of college bands who could genuinely evoke the sonic aesthetics of Crazy Horse at the peak of their seventies pomp but FGP manage the feat several times on one record. ‘Heavy Years’ and the title track are bristling with the tension and brilliantly shambolic minimalism of classic Neil Young. The songs are all there already, they just need a little bit of guidance in the studio. Once they have that, it’s hard to see how they won’t make a truly great album. As it is, they’ve already made a very good one.
Thank you, Tommy of Pocket Jury, for the nice words about our album!
If you haven’t heard it yet, you are slacking off and should rectify this situation immediately.