That Fucking Tank

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Out on October 7th through

Gringo Records 

Ok, let me just start this review by a disclaimer. That Fucking Tank will make you want to dance. Fact.

If you aren’t familiar with this brilliant instrumental two-piece from Leeds then A Document Of The Last Set is the perfect opportunity to make up for this. That Fucking Tank is the duo of Andy Abbott on guitar and James Islip on drums and they have been around for 10 years now. They have released 3 excellent full length albums to date (The Day Of Death By Bono Adrenaline Shock, Tanknology and TFT) and they now release this “compilation” album A Document Of The Last Set, which celebrates their tenth anniversary. It consists of 9 tracks which have been part of the That Fucking Tank live set over the past years and therefore this release is quite like a ‘best of’ release.

But, to make it a bit more attractive the band has re-recorded all songs for this release and they haven’t just done this, no, they actually performed all tracks as one long uninterrupted track, giving it a proper live feel and sound. The album was recorded and produced by Matthew Johnson of Suburban Home Studios (and member of Ech(((o)))es and Dust favourites and That Fucking Tank labelmates Hookworms).

 

 

I have always enjoyed the production on the previous 3 releases, but Matthew Johnston really did a fantastic job on the production for A Document Of The Last Set. The sound is heavier, groovier and overall a lot louder and it therefore it is an even more pleasant experience listening to this selection of ‘best of’ songs. What amazes me is the huge level of noise and volume this two piece manages to create. The fact that Andy Abbott plays a baritone guitar simultaneously through guitar and bass amplifiers produces a heavy sound and actually creates the illusion that a bass player is part of the line-up. No, it’s just the one guy and some clever use of huge amplifiers. James Islip plays his huge part in the That Fucking Tank sound with intricate and clever drum parts, full of interesting fills and very danceable rhythms.

Now what about the chosen track list? The second half of the release consists of tracks taken from the in 2009 released Tanknology (‘Mr Blood’, ‘Bruce Springstonehenge’, ‘Dave Grolsch’ and ‘Keanu Reef’). The first half has a mixture of songs from the first release The Day Of Death By Bono Adrenaline Shock (‘Making a Meal for Beethoven’ and ‘The Rains Travels All The Way From Siberia And This Is Where It Breaks’) and the more recent release TFT (‘Wonderful World Of’, ‘NWONWOBHM’ and ‘Acid Jam’). From just eyeballing the track titles it becomes clear that James and Andy enjoy what they’re doing adding a huge dose of humour to their music.

In the UK underground music scene, especially among the instrumentalists, That Fucking Tank has a great reputation as fantastic song writers and being an awesome live band. Do yourself a favour and get this selection of some of their best songs. A Document Of The Last Set will be released on vinyl or as digital download and I guarantee you that you won’t stop dancing.

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