To say that President Fetch is an institution in Danish punkrock is a gross understatement! This year, the Copenhagen boys celebrate their 20th anniversary with their 3rd album, ''Cruel Beats...Gently Slumbering'', their first in 14 years. And they've never sounded more vital and fresh than now, slaying every competition on stages around the country. And believe me, I see close to 300 bands every year, but only a handful comes close to rival the live phenomenon that is President Fetch!
A lotta youngsters who never saw the band were in for a surprise last year (2006) at Gutter Island Festival, where President Fetch showed everyone who the undisputed rulers of Danish punkrock are! One could say the band is in their 3rd phase, music-wise, with wildman Molle as frontman and crazed energizer bunny. This phase is the one that takes no prisoners! Like good wine, the boys have aged gracefully and, by some ungodly influence, they seem more fit than any 18 year old hardcore kid.
I don't know if they sold their souls to Beelzebub, but the 13 tracks on ''Cruel Beats...Gently Slumbering'' perfectly capture the energy of their legendary live performances, quite an accomplishment. To these ears, the album combines 3 of my favorite albums of all time; ''Feel The Darkness'' (Poison Idea), ''Let There Be Rock'' (AC/DC) and Turbonegro's ''Ass Cobra''. Hardcore/punkrock, rock'n'roll and hardrock all united in a sonic mushroom cloud packed with hearts, guts, balls and a swagger that only comes from perfecting your craft through decades of hard-earned r'n'r cred! Guest musicians include some well-respected peers from Baby Woodrose and On Trial.
There you have it: the Danish rock album of 2007 - ''Cruel Beats...Gently Slumbering''!
Jens Kofoed-Pihl (Lowcut.dk