FET.NAT

NOISE | FREE JAZZ


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FET.NAT creates a bombastic mix of left-field punk, free jazz, trip-hop, and precise noise. The Hull, Quebec four-piece is built up of Olivier Fairfield on drums, Pierre-Luc Clement on guitars, Linsey Wellman on saxophone, and punctuated by the nihilistic franglais poetics of vocalist JFNO. His lyrical outbursts evoke the absurdist humour of American Wrestling and kung fu movies, while carrying forward the torch of the Rock In Opposition movement. Known for fiery live performances lifted by their borderline theatrical antics, FET.NAT transcends language and province, reorganizing overlapping nations into a carnival of levitating and confounding grooves.

FET.NAT Le Mal Hull 2018
Le Mal, the band's first full-length album since Poule mange poule, FET.NAT turns concept on its head and submerges in its own upside-downside-up world. An illusory mirror image of itself, Le Mal is comprised of 5 pieces on one side and of MIDI interpretations of the same pieces on the other. The result is a full-player record of discernible variety, with warped lyrics telling two same-but-different tales, underscored by instrumentals of menacing restraint, hushed polyrhythms, and a dire sense of elation. Le Mal shows a band of seemingly limitless talent revelling in the unsettling murkiness of machines and poetry. Le Mal is exceptionally crafted, with meticulous attention to space and detail, yet precariously nesting on a bomb of potential energy. Or not.

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On their second proper album, the already-bizarre Quebec experimentalists splice and reformulate their DNA to become even more aggressively strange.
Exercise exposes the body as a machine, locking limbs into controlled motions without the conscious direction of the mind. Fitting for an album with a treadmill on the cover, on Le Mal, the bilingual psycho-jazz punk-funk quartet FET.NAT likewise give themselves over to mechanistic processes. They’ve essentially made two records from the same material: Le Mal’s first side features five songs performed by the band, while its back half is dedicated to MIDI reinterpretations—or degradations—of four of them.
— PITCHFORK (LE MAL, 7.3/10)
So much fun that it was spilling out over the all-smiling crowd in waves.
— Exclaim!
The band’s sporadic and often chaotic performance is a marvel that fearless creativity can lead to undeniable originality.
— The Line of Best Fit
FET.NAT is basically constructing their own language
— Toronto Star

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FESTIVALS
FME (2019)
Up Here (2019)
Wavelenght (2019)
SappyFest (2019)
Les Francofolies de Montréal (2019)
Ottawa international Jazz Festival, Ottawa ON (2018)
Festivoix, Trois-Rivières Qc (2018)
River and sky Festival, Sudbury ON (2017)
OFF Fest, Québec Qc (2017)
Ottawa explosion week end, Ottawa ON (2017)
Tone festival, Toronto ON (2017)
Obey convention, Halifax NS (2017)
Distorsion Psych Fest, Montreal Qc (2017)
Résidence artistique à DAIMON, Hull Qc (2017)
M pour Montréal, Montréal Qc (2016)
Les Francofolies de Montréal, Montréal Qc (2016)
Grickel Grass festival, London ON (2016)
Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville –
Victoriaville, Qc (2016)
Megaphono festival, Ottawa ON (2016)
Guelph international Jazz Festival, Guelph ON (2015)
UP HERE FEST, Sudbury ON (2015)
Arboretum festival, Ottawa ON (2015)
Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa ON (2015)
KAZOO! Fest, Guelph ON (2015)
Ottawa International Jazz Festival, Ottawa ON (2015)
POP Montréal, Montréal Qc (2014)
Arboretum festival, Ottawa Ont (2013)
Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa ON (2012)
DTOX rockfest, Montebello Qc (2012)