Think of the invasion of the avant garde into rock n’ roll and it’s difficult not to think of atonal, droning white noise that the likes of the Velvet Underground experimented with in the mid-60s. But surely avant garde is a concept and not a sound so when indie rock bands like The Bastards of Fate appropriate this term to put a tag on their idiosyncratic music then it bears closer investigation.

In that respect, the chaotic agenda that The Bastards lead with on debut album Who’s A Fuzzy Buddy marries whimsy with high art constructs and recall the brave art-rock dynamics of Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Syd Barrett and their acolytes e.g. Pere Ubu, Talking Heads, XTC and The Soft Boys. There is also enough evidence here that suggests that The Bastards may have been listening to Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star a bit as well.

With songs like “Digging Up Dinosaurs”, “Impossible Feelings”, “Spaceheater” and “Ten Tree Stumps” defying easy categorizations and often coherent descriptions with their schizophrenic meanderings, it takes a matured musical mind to truly appreciate just where The Bastards of Fate are coming from and where they’re going to…

… wherever that destination might be, it sure sounds like a thrilling ride!

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