Sometimes all you need is 11 songs in 35 minutes to make a point, then get the hell out of the studio and damage the world. This is what Fops do on their debut album, Yeth Yeth Yeth (Monotreme), but the musicians involved are not new to the scene. They are a duo consisting of vocalist Dee Kesler and lyricist Chadwick Donald Bidwell, and together they create a sound that could be like a cross between Velvet Underground, Let’s Active, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Joy Division, and anything dark, gloomy, and gothy that will make you want to squeeze into a latex outfit, walk to your local graveyard, and light your favorite incense as you move your body in egocentric figure 8’s. That may sound funny, but the music is not, and rather than place an alluded stereotype as I did, create your own vibe with it. It has the feel of those dark mood albums of the late 70’s early 80’s but with a sense that a little bit of sunshine will help change their ways. My hope is that Fops will continue to make music that longs for the sunshine, as that will be what makes them strong. Finding the sunshine would only turn them into something different, although I’d probably enjoy that too.
Yeth Yeth Yeth is the first of two albums recorded, a second will be released sometime this year.