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by Fools

It's loud, fast, riff-centric rock music with punk sneer and pop sensibility that makes people want to dance.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Garage Punk
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1. Whistleblower
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2. Bad Reception
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3. Rejection
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4. Borders
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5. Creatures of Habit
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6. All the Kids Are Waking Up
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7. Single
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8. The Politics of Technology
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9. Manifest Destiny
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10. Getting Closer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After a year-and-a-half of anticipation, the freshman album from Austin-based Punk/Power Pop group FOOLS is here. Though only known as “Ø,” the minimalism in its title does not reflect the deep, sonic layers that fill this fast-paced ode to midwestern anxiety — Scotty May (Bass) grew up outside Detroit; Jacob Miguel (vocals) and Chris Goranson (guitar) outside Chicago. There's a grit, an authenticity, an anxious tension in the rock music from the rust belt with arguably the best punk heritage anywhere. Take a group of guys who spent 30 years of 6-month winters cultivating their musical tastes and then drop them in Austin, TX, and you get FOOLS.

The music seems to span genres and generations —Stylistic with vocal hints of Lou Reed, T-Rex and David Bowie, yet not a glam band. 1970s punk groups like MC5, The Clash, The Dickies and Iggy Pop are ingrained in the tempos and lyrics, but they’re not a Punk revival band. Methodical picking patterns and piercing-clean guitar tones drive dark melodic chord changes that invoke more modern bands like Jay Reatard, Fidlar, and Radioactivity. "A girl told me at a show that we sounded like a mix of The Strokes and The Dead Kennedys. That's pretty much what we were going for. I was stoked, albeit a bit embarrassed because she called us the Fuck out... We tried to hear all the styles together, layer them on top of each other, take the vocal attitude from one style and put it over a drum beat or guitar-riff from another. The sound just sort of happened after a few rehearsals talking about influences and we were all like ‘yeah that's it.’" said May.

It’s loud, fast, riff-centric rock with punk-sneer and pop-sensibility that makes people want to dance. “The drive to make this type of music comes from wanting people to let loose when they hear it. I always think about how people are going to move when they hear the song. It’s all about the party you create,” said Goranson. With a reputation for rowdy, energetic live shows, fans and band members alike had questioned if this enrapturing spectacle could ever be captured properly on tape. Now that question has been answered, and it’s up to the public to decide if it holds its weight.

“From its pummeling Buzzcocks-esque intro to pub chant verses and an unexpectedly calm bridge. Other songs might provide a rollercoaster of emotions but with “Bad Reception” (Track 2) FOOLS provide an actual rollercoaster.” - Nick Hanover, OVRLD

Engineered and Produced by Danny Listrom at Permanent Youth Recording. Produced by Andrew Cashen. Mastered by Kevin Butler at Test Tube Audio

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