ALBUM: Fatherson – Open Book

Release Date: June 3rd 2016
Label: Easy Life Records/Sony Music


Despite their soft and mellow front, Kilmarnock’s Fatherson have headed out on tour with the best of the alternative rock world in Twin Atlantic, Enter Shikari, and Panic! At The Disco. Their heart string tugging brand of mournful rock is enough to force a tear from even the most stubborn of indie haters, as their melodic ballads are touching and insightful, and the more upbeat numbers thrown in are a happy break from the tissue box. ‘Open Book’ has the potential to convert Fatherson into Scotland’s answer to Death Cab For Cutie.

Just before the chorus of ‘Just Past The Point Of Breaking’ begins, the tone is set for the record as a weep-along version of Deaf Havana, but as ‘Open Book’ continues, it quickly materialises that the opening track is more upbeat than the average song. ‘Younger Days’ is so minimalist that all you hear is Ross Leighton and a piano, but the vulnerability comes across so powerfully and the vocals are chillingly beautiful.

‘Sleeping Over’ and ‘Forest’ show the capabilities of the band, especially in the latter where the chorus seems like it lasts the whole track it’s so catchy, but it’s not a full house, as ‘Lost Little Boys’ sounds like every other forgotten indie band you’d hear on the radio with unnecessary woahs taking centre stage.

This is certainly a record for the heartbreak kids, but the stand out song is ‘Always’ and its infectious arrangement of dance enticing drums and high pitched singing. Fatherson‘s ability to vary their output is a key component in their aptitude for appealing to a spectrum of scenes, and another reason why they’ll succeed. ‘Open Book’ is for the indie, emo, and radio crowd, and they’ll lap up every saddening second of it.

Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)