After the NME declaring Aarhus as the “real home of punk” in Denmark, it’s about time we had some more shit to back it up other than an EP from Yung, who we have been writing about of course for a year now almost as being the international face of Aarhus music. Well, here’s the first full length from the much loved Fright Eye, a band that has been out there playing punk for more than a few years now, and certainly one of the main flag-bearers of the current generation of Aarhus punk. Naturally though, you have an album with “Yung Shord” banging drums here. Fright Eye came first in case you’re paying attention, and this is an important, yet possibly delayed first full length from the Yung frontman’s days of playing (and very well I might add) drums.
Enough about that though. There is certainly no mistaking this for anything else than a damn solid purebred punk album. It starts out with a song about breaking your face while skating (“Front Grind”) for fuck’s sake. Other track’s titles are pretty “fuck you” like; “I get bored”, “pretentious fuck” and “I Lie”, so you know where this is headed, lots of pent up aggression, fast grinding guitars, distortion and yelling. It’s punk and there is no other way around it.
I would not go so far as to say that Fright Eye’s album is ‘predictable’, but without hearing it, I was almost certain on how it would sound, and I wasn’t wrong; quick fast songs at break-neck tempo with lots of energy, rage and youthful power in the vein of classic early 80s American hardcore (Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Agnostic Front, Minor Threat…) and made for bruising yourself on a skateboard or at a show. Am I wrong? There is absolutely no faults in the way this album is recorded, played, written or put across to whoever wants to hear it. It really is the essence of Aarhus in the form of a punk record – un-pretentious and fully functional – as opposed to what’s going on across the country in the highly hyped Copenhagen noise/punk vein.
Yung Shord IS (or was?) such a fucking tight drummer though, that you have to wonder how anyone else could hold down Fright Eye. They do however have a new drummer and did a release gig last weekend at beboerhus, I wasn’t there, but I was just plain interested to see what happened. Again, obviously Yung Shord is busy with that other band, playing guitar and singing.
Hopefully this is a new era for Fright Eye – finally getting out their album and moving on to doing what they do best; playing punk music and doing a damn fine job at it. I’ve heard these recordings are well over a year old and I hope they get more punk music out as soon as they can, it seems life in the punk scene is moving along quite well here, and it’s not like there ever hasn’t been a punk scene in Aarhus, but now that the rest of the world is watching – we better get off our butts and do something about it right? Start with picking this record up or downloading it and support your scene. If you want to that is.
Shordwoodrecords.bandcamp.com for a 5€ download, or most likely a real vinyl copy at Badstue Rock for a fair price.
"Hopefully this is a new era for Fright Eye - finally getting out their album and moving on to doing what they do best; playing punk music and doing a damn fine job at it."