Live stream begins at 8:45pm tonight, Monday September 16, 2019.
We must have mentioned them 15 times on this blog, so only God can help you if you’re still snoozing on FET.NAT. The breakbeat free-jazz punk band from Hull has gone and made a name for themselves at the Polaris Music Prize. Their 2019 album Le Mal is shortlisted for the prestigious Canadian music prize being awarded tonight in Toronto. Watch closely as FET.NAT’s performance obliterates the live stream comments section.
Verging maniacal, FET.NAT’s live shows are truly unforgettable. The jaw-dropping musicianship in this band—Linsey Wellman on saxophones, Pierre-Luc Clément on bass/guitars, Olivier Fairfield on drums; and JFNO delivering his absurd franglais poetry over top of their wild beats—will make this a very tough act for somebody to follow at tonight’s Gala. Other nominees for this year’s short list include Haviah Mighty, Dominique Fils-Aimé, Shad, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Les Louanges, PUP, Jessie Reyez, Marie Davidson, and Elisapie.
Le Mal is FET.NAT’s seventh release; a concept album with one side containing MIDI interpretations of the other. Developed during a 2018 residency at DAÏMÔN and recorded in Hull, the MIDI concept was designed as an experiment “to try to extract ourselves from our own musical equation,” explains Clément in an interview with Apt613.
“Step one being side A’s electric instruments, and step two being Side B’s MIDI reflections… The third step will be full erasure, happening only at the end of the existence of FET.NAT.”
Based solely on artistic merit, the Polaris Prize is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian album. Past winners include Patrick Watson, Arcade Fire, Feist, Tanya Tagaq, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lido Pimienta, and Kaytranada.