That Fucking Tank – A Document of the Last Set (Gringo Records)

That Fucking Tank (TFT) has been around for a whole decade now and in that time they have proved over and over again why music doesn’t always need those pesky vocals. Formed in 2004, the duo’s long-standing life span has continued thanks to their energetic live shows and their ability to capture this vitality on record. A Document Of The Last Set apart from being a clever-some play on word of their first live EP, Document of the First Set, sees the duo on stage paying homage to their back catalogue. Blistering through a set filled with some old (‘Making a Meal for Beethoven,’ ‘The Rain Comes All The Way From Siberia’), some not so old (‘Keanu Reef,’ ‘Dave Grolsch’) and some relatively new (‘Acid Jam,’ ‘NWONWOBHM’), the dynamic duo don’t offer anything new here but they do remind you just why you loved them so much in the first place. Filled with passionate stripped down rock, TFT showcase their undeniable talents on this album, one of which includes sounding so much bigger than their two-man standing suggests. Depending on your level of fandom, you may already have favourites here but the opening sequence of ‘Mr Blood’ takes the crumpet for yours truly, as the guitar strums rise majestically to pave the way for more noise rock goodness. Essentially a greatest hits album, ‘A Document…’ is a perfect example of why TFT have survived in an industry where so many others have fallen.

Original article first appeared on the Vibrations site on 4/3/2014
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