FEET – Outer Rim
FEET’s brand spanking new, debut album was released on October 4th via Clapped Records. The 5 piece, hailing from Coventry, have been slowly brewing away over the past few years, with 2019 taking them to new heights. FEET met at Coventry University and have notable influences ranging from King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard to Bowie and Parquet Courts. The album as a whole is a great listen, back to front, however the single ‘Outer Rim’ is the stand out. Filled with britpop and post punk vibes, it’s an exciting, dark sounding encapsulation of 2019 British punk.
Outer Rim starts with the guitarists scratching their guitar strings, setting the tone for what is an off kiltered and quirky song. Not long after, the drums are introduced through a classic one bar drum roll, this is met by the bass adding to the eccentric feel, through aupstroked, offbeat groove. Next, post punk, screeching and driving guitars are added, giving Outer Rim a certain ‘hype’ feeling.
The chorus stamps it’s Britishness and brit pop influences on the song. The lyrics remain simple and are delivered in an almost conversational type manner – ‘Oi (Orbit my head space)’. You can already imagine the crowd singing this back to FEET, screaming ‘Oi’.
The rest of the song maintains the punk energy, even when the band dynamically drops down for a section, the excitement and spirit stays strong.
Given that the whole band has an influence on the songwriting, deciding on a sound must be difficult at times. Their style of writing seems to be all about thinking of the predictable outcome for the ideas they have, then completely scrapping that idea and seeking carnage instead.