Mammoth Penguins – There’s No Fight We Both Can’t Win (Fika Recordings)
If Mammoth Penguins aren’t the nosiest trio in indie pop, I don’t want to know who is. In fact, they’re so noisy that they might not be an indie pop band at all.
There’s No Fight We Both Can’t Win is the Cambridge trio’s third album and takes thing on following their concept album, John Doe, about a man who fakes his own death and returns to society years later.
This album may not have that thematic ambition, but the trio have taken that and channelled it in different ways.
Starting off with Closure is an incredibly powerful way to open a record, both in terms of lyrical content and the beautiful sound this band make.
The engaging, rolling drums seem to compliment Emma Kupa’s voice beautifully, while the guitar appears to be telepathically programmed to reinforce, highlight and lift the whole song in line with the feels that Kupa puts into her lyrics.
At first listen the vocals seem to be the antithesis to a power pop rock song. She’s slightly raw, slightly deep but it fully works.
And in a rare move there’s a whole song devoted to a confession and an apology. Dick Move definitely breaks the mould in this respect as Kupa belts out ‘I apologise for all the lies’ while reinforcing that she pulled a ‘dick move’.
The 11 songs on There’s No Fight We Both Can’t Win revolves around the theme of love and relationships but Mammoth Penguins manage to avoid the album feeling stale. The band accomplish this by writing tunes you can really lose yourself to, lyrics that you can let wash over you and moments that just really engage you.
There’s No Fight We Both Can’t Win is a mammoth album by Mammoth Penguins.