Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, April 9, 2021

Fightmilk - Contender

Fightmilk are an interesting and deeply emotional power pop act out of London. Their songs are anthems to just getting through the day to day struggle of millennial life. This isn't easy, but it's the struggle we all share to some extent. Contender breaks it down and give us some songs that can help us to get through. Their power pop anthems are a fist raising offering that reminds us why we keep waking up.  Contender is a touching record, and a lot more insightful than one might expect from a group who are ostensibly named after a joke from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia.

It's such a delight to really lose yourself in the millennial anthems of tracks like "I'm Starting To Think You Don't Even Want To Go To Space" or "If You Had A Sister..." The songs here are tinted with nostalgia, but also a certain clarity that comes from understanding somehow we need to get through it all, together. Contender is masterful in this component, the minor key melodies shine with hope and the post-rock rhythms on tracks like "Maybe" give the entire albm a sense of bombast that many of their power pop peers lack. 

Contender is masterful at its best. It's a record that hints at all this band could become and proves that they are truly talented songwriters of a level that few other acts in the UK scene have attained. It's hard not to be charmed by tracks like 'Overbite' with their sense of youthful joy, even in the face of existential struggle. Contender is a record that demands multiple replays and which will become a favorite of the devout. Yes, it may be a bit off the beaten path for this band, but I still can't help but to love it. 

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