Release Date: Jun 19, 2007
Record label: Temporary Residence
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Review Summary: An album where percussion takes prominence and it is for the better, as cliche and uninspired guitars provide the only source of melody.It was the end of third grade, and I was all ready to sign up for my school district’s band program, which would begin the following year. I was an aspiring drummer, along with half of my class. Of that large number, a good ¾ were rejected by their parents, all of them saying the drums were “too loud” or “too big”, myself included.
When British post-rock trio Fridge first bowed in 1997, they did so on the heels of Tortoise’s Millions Now Living Will Never Die. Pulling from the same inspirational well as that Chicago group’s now-seminal sophomore album, Fridge unfolded as that band’s British analogue, gradually developing their own unique spin on driving Kraut, rigid electronic rhythms and ecstatic free jazz. By 2001’s Happiness, Fridge had all but repaid their debt to post-rock’s founding fathers, cresting with a deft album that managed to translate their influences into a creative amalgam of instrumental collages.