A guest review today from Who Killed Nancy Johnson? vocalist/bassist Stefan Ball (https://wknancyj.bandcamp.com/).
"Fat Skeleton" by Homeless Cadaver
Released 25th January 2019 by Iron
The vinyl version is second of five releases in Iron Lung's Systemic Surgery series, each numbered and limited to 200, with hand-stamped labels on black vinyl housed in a custom die-cut sleeve with a risograph print hand-glued to the front.
A homeless cadaver is a body found in the street that has no history or back-story. It's a perfect name for a band whose lack of internet presence is so total that it has to be deliberate. Homeless Cadaver only seems to exist through this seven-inch single released by Iron Lung Records: "Fat Skeleton", c/w "Art. Eat It." So all I can talk about is the song.
"Fat Skeleton" is a brilliantly slick, sick and physical recording. It's full of taste and pungent smells. There's a gruesomely juicy lyric - "slightly dead, wrapped in rags, best damn meal I ever had" - served on a solid base of guitar. Drums pound like a hangover. A wonderfully oily bit of keyboard drops in and out, playing octaves, and the band drizzles some random electronic squiggles plumb in the middle - not so much a solo - more like garnish.
I like strong flavours, personally. "Fat Skeleton" is like overripe cheese or overly-matured meat, just the right side of rotten. It's unhealthy and rich and totally unsuitable for veganuary. I won't get the smell off my fingers for quite a while.
This is Fat Skeleton...