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Debauchery, sleaze, unhinged, twisted, sinister. All words used to describe Warmduscher’s music across various media and at different times. So, what would should one expect of their live performances? Just pure entertainment, and FUN is what I made of it. Five days after seeing the band play, I’m still buzzing from what I saw, it was awesome.
For those of you reading this and unfamiliar with the band, Warmduscher’s play an exotic mix of garage-punk, doo-wop, p-funk, hip-hop and occasionally disco. The band were formed on New Year’s Eve 2014 and are made up of members of the Fat White Family, Paranoid London, Childhood, Mutado Pintado and Insecure Men.
There have been three albums so far: Khaki Tears, Whale City and the just released Tainted Lunch. Khaki Tears is deranged. It sounds like a bunch of musicians/deviant getting off their heads and putting a bunch of jams together. Sinister and chaotic, it comes in at just under 30 minutes and I like it. Next up and released last year was Whale City, which sounds like the band realised that they were actually pretty good, and this whole Warmduscher thing might have some legs. Its kind of more song based, with some great sing-a-long numbers Big Wilma, 1000 Whispers, the Sweet Smell of Florida’ alongside the more manic numbers like I Got Friends and ‘Whale City’ and the creepy interludes ‘No Way Out’ and ‘The Beginning’.
The latest album ‘Tainted Lunch’ was released on 1st November and it marks a further expansion in the bands’ sound. This time we get some p-funk led numbers Fill it Don't Spill it and ‘Dream Lotion’, Tom Tom club like disco Disco Peanuts and the insanely catchy hip hop Burner. There’s more maniacal garage-punk with Grape Face and the title track, and even a couple of guest appearances from Iggy Pop and Kool Keith. It’s an excellent album, possibly one of the best this year.
I caught Warmduscher at their sold-out show at Village Underground last week. The band swaggered on stage and showcased tracks mainly from Tainted Lunch and Whale City. The energy they generated on stage is hugely infectious, and the crowd bounced up and down to pretty much every song. I normally don’t get involved in the mosh pit, but for this lot I made an exception. Frontman Clams Baker Jr, resplendent in his Stetson and tracksuit, held court throughout, much to the audience’s delight.
Midnight Dipper, the lead single from Tainted Lunch was one of the many highlights of the set although it was all pretty darned special. They played, left the stage, and then returned, and for the last two numbers Blood Load and the Sweet Smell of Florida the stage filled up with members of the audience jumping about. Clams thanked the audience at the end and reminded us to come and see them again. I’ve already bought tickets for another gig next year. If you see them playing near you, I’d recommend you do so too.
Tainted Lunch is out now.