Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Henry Fiat's Open Sore - Headshots E.P.

Henry Fiat's Open Sore 'Headshots E.P.' EP (Repo, 1998)

When the history of the Swedish contribution to 90s Rock is written, probably by someone with a complete run of the early Hellacopters 45s close at hand and a Vegas-style shirt with flames on the lower hem draped over his corpus, I'm forced to smirkingly ponder the possibility that Henry Fiat's Open Sore would not get any run at all. Oh, they might get mentioned in passing, just a namecheck really, since in the end Henry Fiat missed out on the Hives payday. They had folks in their corner like Frank Kozik (it says here friends close, and enemies closer, but who can tell?) and most of the crew at Maximum Rock 'N Roll and a few others but HFOS just played too hard 'n fast to pull the casual Live 105 rockers who needed that whole freeze-dried "Let's Save Rock!!" pose to justify their attention. Of course, HFOS mainly traded in a equally pat nihilism that traced it's immediate lineage back to the early 90s Dwarves, but since that particular unit was producing pretty watery asspaint by that point, HFOS done snatched their hateful crown when they weren't looking.

So this is one of HFOS' first stand alone EPs, their first LP was actually released just prior to this. Three short blasts of what the elders call punk rock, and I don't think anyone will accuse of us of a "garage" bias on this one. I personally find "The Anti-Man" to be the finest example of their work from the 90s. They contined for some time into the 21st Century and just released a split record last year that betrayed no signs of the deprivations of Chronos. -Ryan W.

Timeless sounds, though the "masked bandit" schtick definitely dates 'em to the 1990s.
Hot shit!!! "I Can't Pay" is great but my fave is "The Anti-Man". I thought their Ken Rock EP with them standing on the front was their first but you guys would know better. I have to give that EP another spin since I haven't listened to it in years. Their "I Was A Teenage Pretty Boy" EP from 2003 has some hot shit on it too like "Pickup Truck".

Damn, this is one of the best EPs I've ever heard posted on a blog-- no shit.
The "first release" claim I previously made for this EP has been muted, since I have conflicting sources as to the exact timing of this release.
the first 7" single is satans boy. with tunes like england that's a place to hate - amused by dad. this is actually the 4th single. 2nd is the split with skelett - 3rd the zorch single without a cover. They're still playing a lot live and are actually a bigger act here in Sweden than ever. A new fullengthalbum will be realeased March 2008
Kenrock man himself here...
Yes all HFOS records are brilliant.
like the writer over this message write... he/she have it right...
and the new album is Fuc*ing great to... after 12 years the band still do great music.....
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