There comes a point in every long-running band’s career when listeners (and writers) start tossing around words like “veterans” and “fixtures.” Ready or not, The Fatty Acids have arrived at that point. Over the course of seven-plus years, three full-length albums, and an untold number of shows, the frantic and ebullient Fatties have become stalwart stars of a diverse and glowing Milwaukee music scene. Their confetti-cannon-combination of chaotic “scramble-pop” and psyched-out synth has made them local favorites ten times over. But The Fatties are far from grizzled vets. As evidenced by the first (double) single from their upcoming album, Dogs Of Entertainment, The Fatty Acids are as fresh as ever, and veteran status suits them just fine.
Split over two tracks, “Strangers / In Your House” gives longtime fans something old and something new. “Strangers” is a perfect distillation of every chirpy, slightly skewed party anthem the band has written so far, albeit one shot through with a newfound sense of age and mortality. (“Spend my thirties starting over / Spend my forties getting old.”) “In Your House,” meanwhile, is an uncharacteristic bleary-eyed, slow-jam comedown. A Q The Sun remix of the latter takes things to an even more astral, introspective level.
Dogs Of Entertainment will see a vinyl release on Gloss Records February 21, and can be pre-ordered now. A cassette release on Minneapolis label Forged Artifacts will also be available, and can also be pre-ordered now. The Fatty Acids will play two shows to celebrate the record’s release: an all-ages show at Anodyne Coffee’s Walker’s Point Roastery February 24, and a 21+ show at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn March 3. Until then, listen to “Strangers / In Your House” now, only at Milwaukee Record.