|"I'm in love with a tropical world, I'm in love with a tropical world..."|
First with the good stuff. It is obligatory to mention that Fixers hail from Oxford - OMG LIKE FOALS YEAH?! With that out of the way, it's safe to say that the band sound basically nothing like Foals, though the energy and pep that permeated that band's early work can be found here. With obvious Beach Boys influences (check out those harmonies), strong pop sensibilities and an emphasis on experimentation, Fixers sound like a shaken-up can of Fanta with a tiny bit of LSD in it. Served with ice.
Another Lost Apache by Fixers.
The best example of this continues to be the Fixers' breakthrough EP, Here Comes 2001 So Let's All Head For The Sun (full stream here) released in May of last year. Opening track 'Another Lost Apache' is propelled along by an ebbing/flowing momentum, whilst single 'Crystals' leaps out with its pure ear-candy chorus. The EP's b-side is where the scales begin to tip more in favour of intriguing experimentalism than pop with the still-melodically-strong 'Uriel' and the disappointingly disjointed 'Passages // Love In Action'. The first three tracks in particular are certainly worth checking out.
Crystals by Fixers.
|Here Comes 2001 So Let's All Head For The Sun|
New EP Imperial Goddess Of Mercy (full stream here) sees somewhat of a return to the flavour of Here Comes 2001..., especially in the standout tracks. Single 'Majesties Ranch' sees the summery surf of 'Another Lost Apache' imbued with a renewed sense of urgency, an infectious hook of "Oh-eh-oh-eh-oh-eh-oh" and yet more Brian Wilson-indebted vocals.
Majesties Ranch by Fixers.
Elsewhere, 'Trans Love' features the relentlessy catchy chorus "I'm in love with a tropical world, I'm in love with a tropical world" - it might sound a bit like a Fanta slogan, but simply sounds right in the middle of the song, which certainly ranks in the upper echelons of Fixers' poppier repertoire. Best of all, it's currently a free download from their Facebook page.
Trans Love by Fixers.
Now here comes the big 'however'.
HOWEVER, a few of the tracks on Imperial Goddess of Mercy feature elements that border on the seriously grating. 'Selinah's weirdness is pretty endearing, a patchwork of various melodic segments stitched together, but the lumbering feel of the oriental-influenced 'Evil Carbs' takes a considerable amount of plays to grow, and often feels at odds with the other much more accessible material. The main offender though is final track 'Divorce', which sees a great middle section sandwiched between a looped phrase which practically induces insanity before the 3 minutes and 38 seconds are through. The voice is either saying "It's a bit like when kids took their masks off, yeah" or "It's a bit like when Kiss took their masks off, yeah". I don't know. But it's really, really, really annoying.
If you're willing to sit through a whole minute of that looped phrase, you reach a fantastically hazy treat of a song. But trust me, it's a slog to get there.
Selinah by Fixers.
|Imperial Goddess Of Mercy|
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get back off to singing "I'm in love with a tropical world, I'm in love with a tropical world..." ad nauseum.
Get Here Comes 2001... on Amazon mp3 for £1.69 here, and Imperial Goddess of Mercy on Amazon mp3 for £1.99 here. Bargain.