Fur Patrol: Collider
By Shaun Chait
Faced with providing a follow-up to 'Pet’, the Furs have stuck to what they do best. The 'difficult second album’ knocks out many bands, but Fur Patrol have hit a good three-bagger with 'Collider’. There are two personalities to this band - the 'don’t mess with me’ edge of grunty rockers like Fade Away or Art Of Conversation, and the fragile beauty of heart-tuggers like Little Heart - a much more complicated reminder of their big hit Lydia. With the band now based in Melbourne, the album was recorded at Sing Sing Studios there for Universal Australia, with production by Mark Wallis and most tracks mastered at Abbey Road. The band revel in the early FP formula of Man In A Box and The Lover on Enemy, showcasing Julia Deans’ delicate voice before the band add their weight with an all in rock chorus. And what choruses they have - witness the way the probing Softer Landing or beautiful All These Things just pull you in. The band are sounding tighter than a jam lid, with a jagged guitar sound and lots of noises thrown into the background, as are the occasional backing vocals of two-thirds of Cassette.