In Review: RAT FILTH – TODAY FEELING EP (SELF RELEASE, 2014)

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At first listen, this record is a mess. Haphazard and nonsensical, beats are scattered and guitars are everywhere. At points the two musicians come together to make great music and those points aren’t as rare as you think. Intertwining amongst the aural refuse is some striking musicianship that blends jazz and punk perfectly. 

Now this is something I can dig. I’ll start by saying that not everyone will dig this – it could very easily have been not my cup of tea but there are things within Today Feeling that I enjoy ingesting.

I saw Rat Filth on Mess and Noise, where they introduced the obscure duo to the Australian populace (cheers, peeps!). After putting on headphones and charging straight into the 20 minute-or-so EP from the Hobart/Melbourne based musicians, I emerged slightly bruised and confused, but also in awe.

Rat Filth are described as improvisational, and they are – wildly so. Today Feeling contains five jams that were written and recorded by members Timothy Brown and Noah Symons separate from each other. Brown plays the guitar, organ and vocalises and Simons plays the drums and the bass.

At first listen, this record is a mess. Haphazard and nonsensical, beats are scattered and guitars are everywhere. You realise after a while that this album isn’t trying to be coherent; well, only in a sense that their jams are quite restrained when you think how off the rails they could go. At points the two musicians come together to make great music and those points aren’t as rare as you think. Intertwining amongst the aural refuse is some striking musicianship that blends jazz and punk perfectly. Simons is a beast on the drums, and it is usually through his playing that songs come together and ignite.

The tempo shifts and tonal changes work to keep your ears on their toes (whatever, you know what I mean) and the entire recording is relentless in its approach to punk in improvised form. I have no fucking clue how replicable these songs are, but it doesn’t matter if you are capable of improvising this well. This music is cluttered -there is a lot going on – but if you want music that rewards perseverance, Rat Filth’s Today Feeling is your best bet.

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