Friday, March 24, 2017

Food Flavored Song: Scrambled Egg by Eat Fast

Fun Fact: Back in 1992, while Ed Boon and John Tobias of Midway Games were dreaming up Mortal Kombat, a small town boy in East Bloserville, Pennsylvania was also doing some video game dreaming. He had devised what he thought was a brilliant game idea. The game featured two Turritopsis dohrnii (aka immortal jellyfish) squaring off in battle. The winner continued on to face other Turritopsis dohrnii, the loser was scrambled like eggs and placed on the plate of one of the jellyfish's natural predators. Dubbed Immortal Kombat, the game was pitched over forty times to different gaming companies. Not a single one was interested. 

With the release of their upcoming EP, also called Immortal Kombat, Eat Fast has become a footnote in this little known story. Ironically enough, the band's first single from Immortal Kombat, is the razor like "Scrambled Egg." The track continues to travel along in the footsteps of prior Eat Fast tracks (Sand Drone, Byker Drone, Public Display of Affection, Fenham Dreadlock and Stammer) in that the lyrics are sharp, the guitars are scuzzy and the wall of noise is simultaneously engaging and scary as hell. It is here, in that wall of sound, that "Scrambled Egg" diverges from Eat Fast tracks of the past. Unlike those singles that have come before, "Scrambled Egg" seems perfectly willing to show a side of Eat Fast that is sensitive and, gasp, poppy. It doesn't hang around too long. It's the type of poppy sensitivity that could be missed if you were to concentrate too long on blowing a bubble with that huge ass piece of gum in your mouth, but it is there.

"Scrambled Egg" offers a nice little gateway into the world of Immortal Kombat. The album finds Eat Fast in their "leanest and most succinct form" yet. The six tracks on the EP are bound together with squirmy guitars, thunderous drumming, and taut vocals that document the "limitations of self-love; the pathology of loneliness in the modern world and the intrinsic need" to connect with others. Immortal Kombat also deals with death, mortality and approaching love under the guise of both.

You can catch Eat Fast's new EP on Cannibal Hymns, after its release on May 19th.