Debut LP from this fantastic Midwest punk group who have been operating with a relatively low profile pumping out this batch of songs. Felchers brings us sounds reminiscent of the nascent hardcore punk era, where bands still flirted somewhere between the more traditional punk, and emerging hardcore sounds. A rarity in today’s punk scene where bands tend to steer away from their punk roots in favor of a full on hardcore sound. Catchy hooks, fantastic bass lines, a madman vocalist, and irreverent lyrics will appeal to fans of KBD punk and 80’s classics like Zero Boys, The Crucifucks, Angry Samoans, etc. 16 tracks total, and includes an 8 page booklet insert.
Our take: Debut release from this band out of Kentucky whom I’d never heard of before, but General Speech's strong pedigree is enough to pique my curiosity. Indeed, this Felchers record is something unique and awesome. As the label’s description notes, while much of this record is rough, fast, and mean, Felchers don’t sound like a hardcore band so much as a punk band who has slid into hardcore by taking their energy, aggression, and nihilism as far as it can go. You won’t find breakdowns or d-beats here, just pure punk energy. Another way that Felchers sound somewhat out of time is their vocalist, who doesn’t bark, shout, or growl, but rather yells in an exasperated way, like your parent chewing you out after you’ve done the single dumbest thing you will ever do in your life. The lyrics are vivid and dripping with sarcasm, and there are far too few contemporary punk bands exploring this Jello / Doc Dart style. The recording sounds clear, raw, and in the red, like a feral punk band overloading the board at their town’s cheapest recording studio (i.e. the only one they could afford). If you’re a fan of off the beaten path punk rock, I strongly encourage you to pick this up, or you can wait 20 years until someone compiles the best unheard late 2010’s punk.