Every time I see the name Fabricators appear in the Independent Music News inbox, I get a little surge of joy. These guys release tune after tune, and they’re a favourite here in the office. I had the pleasure of reviewing Late Night Tales a few months ago, and it still remains one of my best-loved songs of 2020. In fact, it’s the first track on my lockdown playlist that I started back in early April. With all this in mind, I jumped at the chance to premiere their latest single, Rent Forever.
Once again, the band has impressed us. With a dirty bass and sleazy vocals, Rent Forever is like that bit at the bottom of your sink you refuse to look at. You should probably clean it, but you’re hoping that if you ignore it, the problem will just go away. Well, Fabricators aren’t going to let that happen. They’re holding a mirror up to society and doing it in style. I can’t say for sure, but I think the act’s latest lyrical task has been to tackle the outrageous housing market, and the group have crafted a finely tuned social commentary on the current state of living accommodation for the younger generation. This is an issue that is only worsening, with scumbag landlords taking whatever they can, whenever they can.
Musically, the band refuses to be pinned down to a particular sound, and Rent Forever is one of the finest punk tracks I’ve heard in a while. It would sit comfortably alongside acts such as Idles and Fontaines DC. I can’t help but feel sad that I can’t currently watch this performed live, but as soon as I get the opportunity, I’ll be jumping at it. Fabricators have yet again proven themselves as a force to be reckoned with.