THE FIX UP’s self titled debut album is the antidote to boring dancefloors everywhere
The Fix Up’s debut self titled album is a genre mashing pop freakout! Like an 80s Trans Am sports car through the French Riviera this is opulent pop with a sense of style. 2000s indie dancefloor bangers, and new wave synths is just the beginning as the gentle lead vocals lure you to your death like a siren of the sea. It’s art pop and punk dance. And it’s not taking any prisoners.
“We wanted to record these songs as quickly as possible to capture the energy of writing them. The sound jumped an order of magnitude with the addition of real drums. And recording the whole album in two days was stamina provoking.” Marlene – The Fix Ups
Album opener Monkey Dance drops obnoxious synth bass on you like a tonne of bricks. It’s heavy and throbbing. Coupled with angular post punk vocals the tune is a dancefloor thumper reminiscent of The Knife.
Fearless takes quite a different tact, it’s all cute, dream-pop that’s groovy and cool. Vocals are glistening and beautiful with melodic twists and turns the song takes you on a journey as it skips along. Along with Mushroom Tea these two lay down plenty of soft synth lines and with the super melodic it’s hard not to fall in love while dancing along!
It’s You Life takes a page out of Blondies book and ramps up chunky punk guitars with a party tune that thumps the life out of you. And Secrets takes it one step further adding healthy dose of attitude it will have you thinking it’s a Yeah Yeah Yeahs lost classic.
The group, throw every influence at this album from psych, new wave, grunge and even reggae in their album closer Do What, with a synth heavy base and a keen sense of pop melodies. However counteracting the brash attitude of some and punky guitars are beautifully delivered vocals of Marlene Samson and acoustic drums that give the album depth that most high produced pop is lacking.
This album is for fans of local heavyweights Architecture in Helsinki, Heatwave and indie pioneers, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ting Tings and Goldfrapp.