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July 2022
Album review

Stand Atlantic - F.E.A.R.

Visceral and addictive, ‘F.E.A.R.’ is a vital rallying call.
Label: Hopeless Records
Released: 6th May 2022
Rating: ★★★★★
Stand Atlantic - F.E.A.R.
Published: 3:06 pm, May 30, 2022Words: Stephen Ackroyd.

In early 2020, Stand Atlantic’s ascent looked pretty textbook. Debut ‘Skinny Dipping’ had flown out of the traps, with follow-up ‘Pink Elephant’ ready to go. And then everything went to shit. Some might have kicked their heels for a couple of years, waiting until they could take their last album on the road. Not Stand Atlantic. 

‘F.E.A.R.’ is the sound of a band grabbing hold of their own narrative and using it to channel a world of frustration, anxiety and confidence in their own vision. Described by vocalist Bonnie Fraser as “an anti-concept album”, it’s a record about throwing yourself into the void and seeing what bleeds out. 

Opener ‘doomsday’ sets the mood, a frenetic, all-too-relatable breakdown. There’s no romanticising of grandiose bullshit here - ‘pity party’ has no time for that - while ‘dumb’ chucks genre boundaries out the window to make an anthem for the ages. Visceral and addictive, ‘F.E.A.R.’ is a vital rallying call. 

In refusing to sugar coat the messy stuff, Stand Atlantic have made a record that cuts through the fake facades of a world obsessed with appearances. Embrace the chaos.

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