Released: 2010, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
2010 has been a busy year for Canada’s premier grind troupe, Fuck the Facts. Having already dropped the phenomenal UNNAMED EP and DISGORGE MEXICO: The DVD upon the masses earlier this year, the band continues to flex its DIY muscle with yet another tasty gem of grindcore goodness. LIVE IN WHITBY captures a gig recorded in April ’09 and is limited to a run of 50 cassettes (which are probably already sold out by the time you’re reading this), as well as being available as a digital download via Bandcamp. And guess what kids? You can name your own price to download the album. Feel like paying $1? Great. Feel like paying nuthin’? That’s fine too. And you’d be a complete schnook to let this one pass you by. Beyond the bargain basement asking price, LIVE IN WHITBY is yet another great release from one of the genre’s best acts.
Fuck the Facts are one of those bands who are better live than in the studio. As raw and frenzied as their tunes come off within the confines of a recording studio, on stage those tunes are a raging epidemic. Though LIVE IN WHITBY is a pretty bare bones release, the sound quality is excellent and allows the songs to breathe a little more than their studio counterparts. The set list is primarily culled from 2008’s DISGORGE MEXICO, which is fine as that album is amazing as well and a little more “accessible” to new initiates. The songs are fast and discordant in the band’s trademark style, and the whole thing clocks in at just over a half an hour.
Did I mention that you can name your own price (cough, cough, it’s free guys)? If you’re still unfamiliar with what Fuck the Facts has to offer, LIVE IN WHITBY is an excellent way to correct that ill. You get a great cross section of songs from one of grindcore’s most talented bands in their natural habitat. What else do I have to do to convince you? Post the link the Bandcamp download? Fine, twist my arm -
Seriously though, this is a great release from a super talented band. It’d be good karma to toss the band a few shekels if you choose to download the album, but fans of the extreme owe it to themselves to check this one out. At the end of the day, it’s all about the music – and the music on LIVE IN WHITBY is absolutely stellar.