FOX JAW

Ghost’s Pa­rade Self-re­leased ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - LAU­REN MURPHY

One lis­ten of Fox Jaw’s sec­ond al­bum and it’s im­pos­si­ble to fig­ure out what genre they fall un­der. Come to think of it, re­peated lis­tens wield no fur­ther clues. Are they rock? In­die? Punk? Hor­ror sound­track pro­tag­o­nists? Therein lies the beauty of the Lim­er­ick quin­tet, whose sound as­sumes both a Spinal Tap-like flip­pancy and a car­ni­val-es­que dark­ness. Hi­jack and Fall­ing De­bris nod to Foo Fight­ers’ beefy com­mer­cial rock, yet Ro­nan Mitchell sounds like a growl­ing Mark Lane­gan on the ti­tle track. The camp the­atri­cal­ity of Food for the Soul is thor­oughly en­joy­able, while the pi­ano-led After­glow leaves an odd, eerie murk in its wake. Just when you think you may have them fig­ured out, the al­bum ends with the bossa nova-tinged Stream of Con­scious­ness. Such in­con­sis­tency should be cat­a­strophic, but Fox Jaw tri­umphantly embrace their weird­ness. fox­jaw.ie

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