Secret Mission (2017)
I'll be the first to admit that while I love a ton of Japanese bands, I've always been focused on the pop punk and melodic punk scenes over there. I've never really delved too much into their garage rock bands and while I know Guitar Wolf, I can't say I've ever spent much time looking into anyone else. When I opened up the package that Secret Mission sent me containing this Fadeaways 7", I was definitely intrigued.
I can say without question this is a really fun and energetic single. The Fadeaways harness the spirit of stomping garage rock bands of the 60s. They actually remind me quite a bit of the Schizophonics in that they sound like an authentic band from that era that was somehow frozen in time, rather than a group paying homage to these sounds.
The guitar is bracing with big riffs and the occasional blaring solo, while the rhythm section keeps things bouncy, yet pummeling all at the same time. The vocals are a bit gruff, but they fit the aesthetic of the band perfectly; keeping the melody in tact, but still sounding a bit like they're going to go off the rails at any moment. I'm super impressed by The Fadeaways and if you dig upbeat, garage-y fun, this is something worth checking out.
The Fadeaways - Sick and Tired 7":