Covering usually rock and metal releases, it was very refreshing to for once get a rock album from a different angle. The Swedish music group FATBOY recently released their newest studio effort "Diggin' the Scene". FATBOY is described as a rockabilly act, but in reality - as they also mentioned to me during when I interviewed them - they're so much more than rockabilly!
Rockabilly as a genre by itself is groaningly tough to define without using terms such as bluegrass, jazz, country music, blues, white T-shirts, and creeper shoes. All of them have a place within the rockabilly scene. It's no surprise that "Diggin' the Scene" is as diverse as all the combined elements that formed this genre in music. The title track and opening song of the album already proves that. Usually with an opening song, you can somehow expect what line the album is going to follow, but going straight into the next song "A Touch of Blue", the band gets inspired by other elements, even reminding me of THE DOORS at times. With "Diggin' the Scene" the band has managed to create a diverse sound with a lot of different angles.
There is that swinging rockabilly element present in all of the songs, but in addition the songs sometimes lean towards rock (sometimes I'm even reminded of THE DOORS, or FLEETWOOD MAC), jazz, and sometimes elements of pop music make the sound a bit more approachable. The album has some incredible guests such as Esa Puliainen (THE AGENTS) and Heidi Kaarto who are featured on the strong "Aila", and Jo' Buddy on "Burning Bridges".
The strongest point in this album is by far Thomas Pareigis' soft and melancholic voice that surely will make a lot of the listeners of this album well up in the moment. His voice is not only very emotive, but also very diverse. The rhythms are often groovy, and who can say something bad about a double bass? My personal highlights of the album were "Muddy The Water", "Aila" and "Burning Bridges".
Listening to FATBOY's "Digging the Scene" is like going back to the fifties with all the contemporary gadgets that weren't there before. A must-have for anyone who likes the early stages of rock'n'roll.