Friday, February 1, 2013

Fat History Month's "Bad History Month" Coming April 1st + Now Available For Pre-Order

Boston alt-folk anti-heroes Fat History Month are ready to unleash their second full-length, Bad History Month, unto the world via Exploding in Sound Records and Sophomore Lounge Records on April 1st. The new effort follows Fucking Despair, an album so beloved amongst it’s listeners that the Boston Phoenix created a category in their 2012 Best Music Poll to acknowledge its significance after a social media campaign garnered so many votes that it couldn’t be ignored.


 Through years of toiling away at basement shows, members Jeff Meff (guitar/vocals) and Bob Hobby (drums) have redefined the conventions of what you think of a two-man band. They perform alchemy throughout Bad History Month’s 12 tracks and forty-minute runtime, transforming strung out guitars and disjointed rhythms into irresistible anthems. Fat History Month is a band that has mastered the ability to build tension and emanate fearlessness while doing so.

“Bad History Month,” the title-track and first single was recently premiered on BrooklynVegan and is available via Bandcamp.  The song serves as a welcome introduction to their idiosyncratic approach that lies somewhere between the slack riffing of Pavement and meditative noodling of Modest Mouse. The soft-to-loud dynamics make the most of vibrant guitars and feverish drumming to establish a tone all of their own. Amid the emotive vocal swells, the charming desperation to the lyrics outwits your favorite poet. Recorded by Dan Angel and James Ryskalchick and Mark Fede at The Sex Dungeon in Philadelphia from April-June 2012, and finished and mixed by Mark Fede at Bobby Hobby's Lobby in Boston July 2012-January 2013. The production illuminates with brilliant layering to highlight the deep underlying melodies. 



Fat History Month share their thoughts on the record:

“Another heady conceptual brew from everyone's favorite nonalcoholic joke band that takes itself way too seriously. In case you didn't notice, the last one was a comedy album. This one is a tragedy. Bad History not only means more songs about your Horrible Family, but it also refers to a feeling of ridiculously overblown and pathetic self-hatred, as in the case of that famous cowboy who, after falling off his horse, couldn't help feeling that in a previous life, he had been the first human to kill and eat a Neanderthal, an act which singled him out as the real life root cause of Original Sin, which has been borne throughout the ages by all of humanity ever since.

Aside from that, there are songs about the present, lonely, hi-jinx free Future of the modern world, the true nature of Hell, the comfort of a living room couch overwhelming the appeal of a life in the great outdoors, baldness as a metaphor for something or other, love and death through the wide open eyes of a crushed runaway cat, the deadly blackhole of passing time, indecisiveness about identity, narcissistic sadness over an early sunset, and a cannibal mind taking self-depredation to its logical conclusion. What's it all about? Who knows, but rest assured, it's intended as a deadly serious collection of deep ideas, a classic work of Art, deserving of thoughtful analysis for years to come.”


Pre-orders are now available via Fat History Month’s Bandcamp page.  The album is available on vinyl and digitally.  All vinyl orders include an illustrated lyric book drawn by Adric Giles! Trust us, you’re going to want the vinyl.

The band will be heading out on a national tour with PILE this Spring. Dates are below, stay tuned for updates.

2/16 ALLSTON MA - GREAT SCOTT w/ Big Mess, Pile, & Sneeze
USA TOUR w/ PILE:

3/22 CAMBRIDGE MA- MIDDLE EAST UPSTAIRS w/ Kal Marks and Big Mess
3/23 BUFFALO NY
3/24 DETROIT MI
3/25 CHICAGO IL - ABBEY PUB w/ Geronimo! and My Dad
3/26 MILWAUKEE WI - QUARTER’S w/ Absolutely
3/27 MINNEAPOLIS MN - MEDUSA w/ Buildings and Ex-nuns
3/28 OMAHA NE - O’LEAVER’S PUB
3/29 DENVER CO
3/30 SALT LAKE CITY UT
3/31 MISSOULA MT - OLE BECK VFW POST 209 w/ Boys and St. Elias
4/1 BELLINGHAM WA - CABIN TAVERN w/ St. Elias
4/2 SEATTLE WA - THE BLACK LODGE w/ Devotion and St. Elias
4/3 PORTLAND OR - EAST END w/ Gladness and St. Elias
4/4 ARCATA CA - CRESCENT HOUSE
4/5 YUBA CITY CA - THE CAVE
4/6 SAN FRANCISCO CA - HEMLOCK TAVERN
4/7 OAKLAND CA - FRACTAL MINDGAZE HUT
4/8 SAN FRANCISCO CA
4/9 SANTA BARBARA CA
4/10 LOS ANGELES CA - ORIGAMI VINYL
4/11 SAN DIEGO CA - TIN CAN ALE HOUSE
4/12 TEMPE AZ
4/13 FLAGSTAFF AZ - A LIVING ROOM
4/14 ALBUQUERQUE NM
4/15 AMARILLO TX - THE 806
4/16 DALLAS TX
4/17 AUSTIN TX
4/18 HOUSTON TX - NOTSUOH
4/19 NEW ORLEANS LA - ONE EYED JACKS
4/20 PENSACOLA FL - THE HANDLEBAR
4/21 BIRMINGHAM AL - THE FORGE
4/22 NASHVILLE TN - THE OWL FARM
4/23 LOUISVIKLLE KY
4/24 BLOOMINGTON IN - SOUND WORKSHOP
4/25 PITTSBURGH PA
4/26 PHILADELPHIA PA
4/27 NEW BRUNWICK NJ
4/28 BROOKLYN NY - DEATH BY AUDIO
4/29 ALLSTON MA

… a mix of soaring bizarre chords and Sean’s vocal coming across with the same reckless abandon as the best parts of Lonesome Crowded West, but any indie ‘90s reference seems to do them a disservice.  There’s such a punk feel to the performance going all the way back to the Cap’n Jazz’s Tim Kinsella’s hoarse vocal with a similar abstract angst aesthetic.  Live, it becomes the contradiction of a single-minded vision from the duo… going way down their own idiosyncratic road. “ – qromag.com
Fat History Month make it sound easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for the listener. Dynamics shift wildly, sandcastles of sound are built and flooded, then rebuilt and double-flooded before another eventual rebuild and flood-flood-floody … Such a wide-eyed and enthusiastic presentation won’t be ignored for long, folks” – gumshoegrove.com
“The contradiction of despair and optimism is also something you’ll find looming heavy in both in his music and his personal perspective” – digboston.com

The band is available for interviews and advance streams of the record are available upon request.

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