That Fucking Tank : A Document of the Last Set

ThatFuckingTankYorkshire’s DIY noise rockers, That Fucking Tank, are celebrating their tenth anniversary by unleashing ‘A Document of the Last Set’. It’s a sort of live album/sort of compilation album. In fact it’s what it says on the tin…a collection of songs recorded to capture the live show energy, with minimum studio trickery to take away from the raw power of That Fucking Tank.

The two-piece manage to cook up one hell of a racket for just a duo. That’s largely thanks to Andy Abbott’s guitar going through guitar and bass amplifiers simultaneously to create a fearsome barrage. That’s not to say that James’ drums don’t add a mighty clatter too. Together they make a frantic and angular explosion that has seen the band playing everywhere from squats to festivals over the last few years.

Peddling tunes with titles such as ‘Keanu Reef’, ‘Bruce Springstonehenge’ and the ‘NWONWOBHM’ they certainly don’t take things too seriously. For all the laughs they certainly do take their DIY ethos seriously and it is indeed that DIY approach that makes them special. If they were on the front cover of Kerrang! they would instantly lose their appeal. In fact, maybe CackBlabbath shouldn’t review this…

Nah, it’s too good to ignore…

That Fucking Tank mash together some tsunami coaxing riffs with some equally retarded jaunty ones, a bit of a mental fuzzfest ensues. All the while the drums chase the guitars around like a rabid dog. ‘A Document of the Last Set’ captures the spaz-attack of the band’s live shows thanks to audible rough edges and plenty of energy bottled up in the performance.

Instrumental noisy arty rock is never going to be everyone’s cuppa; but even for the slightly curious there isn’t a much better place to start than right here.  This collection is just a sore neck waiting to happen.