Review: Fighting Evil is Cool – Cup of Tea EP
I don’t know a huge amount about ska music, but Nottingham 6 piece Fighting Evil Is Cool, seem to be damn good at making it. The second release after their 2010 self-titled debut album, The Cup of Tea EP is 5 tracks of pure ska-punk, and has been funded through the popular donation-based platform, Kickstarter. Having started gigging with a full line-up properly in 2012, the band have already shared stages with the likes of Random Hand, Tyrannosaurus Alan, and even Reel Big Fish!
Opening track ‘Dogmeat’ is a bit too long (five and a half minutes seems a little lengthy for either ska or punk), but has one of the sexiest bass lines you’ll hear all year. Insincere lyrics seem to come with the ska-punk territory these days, and Fighting Evil is Cool are no exception to the rule. The chorus lyrics “I’ve got a brand new penis; I put the old one in the cupboard. My friend hit it and it fell off” makes you smile immaturely every time it come up throughout ‘Peñor’ and middle track ‘Lobsters’ is all about, well, lobsters. The EP is a flawless continuation of the sound and feel of the band’s excellent debut album and if they continue producing tracks as good as these, it’s only a matter of time before they’re picked up and hit the big time.
There’s nothing bad to say about this release. It’s pure fun and pure funk. Plus, with a spattering of live dates in the coming months, there is opportunity for everyone to hear their supposedly excellent live cover of Pendulum’s ‘Propane Nightmare’.
For fans of: Reel Big Fish, Random Hand and Capdown.
Killer Track: Peñor