Pet Slimmers Of The Year
Fragments Of Uniforms
14th April 2014 – Candlelight Records
02. Gathering Half the Deep and Full of Voices
04. Mare Imbrium
05. Churning of the Sea of Milk
06. Days Since I Disappeared
08. La Tormenta
It is often possible to get a reasonable indication of how a band will sound from the name they have chosen for themselves. This isn’t quite the case with the enigmatic moniker of Pet Slimmers Of The Year. Before pressing the play button on their debut full-length, it would not have been enormously surprising for them to be ska-punk or jangly indie-rock – but instead, PSotY are a post-metal trio from Peterborough, and Fragments Of Uniforms is a cocktail of shimmer and sludge.
The legacy of the sadly defunct post-metal titans Isis unmistakably hangs over Fragments Of Uniforms, but PSOTY are far from being a copycat outfit. Their sound feels more like what Isis might be doing now had they not split up and instead continued down the mellower path seen on Wavering Radiant. Elements of other post-flavoured bands like *shels and Latitudes also creep into the mix as well.
Fragments Of Uniforms is a fairly stripped back, minimalist affair, probably due to PSotY’s trio configuration, but even so, there are often multiple guitar parts in the mix, so it will be interesting to see whether these parts are omitted when the band play live, or are supplied by a backing track. It would also not be surprising it they ultimately expand out to a four-piece.
Fragments Of Uniforms starts softly, with opening track “Arterias” displaying the band’s keen ear for dynamics as it gradually builds. After the atmospherics of “Tides“, stand-out track “Mare Imbrium” erupts into a satisfyingly triumphant riff of towering proportions. The quiet/loud motif runs through the album, with “Churning the Sea of Milk” another high point.
Vocals are deployed sparingly, waiting for nearly five of the seven minutes of “Arterias” before anyone thinks of opening their mouths, and other tracks remaining entirely instrumental. The drums are taut and snappy, and the bass wanders up into the upper registers in quieter moments and drops in some satisfying low-end in the heavier ones.
Fragments Of Uniforms is a strong opening statement, with at least a couple of truly memorable tracks. It is certainly enough to warrant investigation by any fans of all things post, and those with a big Isis-shaped hole in their lives in particular.