FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK (Sean Raab) follows up his incisive debut "Fatberg" with second single "GOLD", a post-punk assault on rampant materialism. "GOLD" sets the scene with unnamed protagonist dining as a guest in a Manhattan penthouse before his evening spirals into disarray. Raab drags this character through the ordinary world; joining the rat race at high speed, numbing the pain of routine with alcohol and tobacco, and rendering them senseless through the brutal grind. The world appears a disorienting and hostile place for anyone holding a silver spoon.
"This song came about chronologically, I went where it took me. After writing the first part I knew it would be the foreboding type, something darker had to follow. I wanted it to represent the contrast of how the protagonist presented themself publicly as calm and collected while internally rage and disbelief reach a boiling point. Once again I wanted every single segment to be it’s own, with no full repetition to express different vantage points of the central subject." - Fat Trout Trailer Park
FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK (Sean Raab) is a post-punk interpretation of how people in the future would think the past sounds like.
That's what you get when you combine the bare-boned, riff-heavy structure of early-2000s rock and roll and filter it through the kaleidoscopic lens of the 2010s psych revival, and the cut-and-paste approach and visceral impact of experimental electronica and hip-hop.
The forthcoming FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK EP takes influences as diverse as Tame Impala and Death Grips and twists them into an anarchic brawl, sparing few establishment institutions in its incisive critique of modern society.
Economic and environmental violence are both a looming presence on debut single "Fatberg", the initially restrained, then untamed "Gold" and the Television-indebted "Dirty Hands". "Backseat" spirals into the hedonism that follows a episode of depression, a phenomenon recalled on the EP's final track "Wendigo", which swerves through a Jekyll & Hyde narrative that explores bipolarity and the cocktail of disbelief, guilt, regret and relief that follows a bout of mania.
"Salt", the record's sonic outlier, dives even deeper into personal history before resolving to address the FAT TROUT TRAILER PARK EP's overarching theme: 21st century disillusionment.
Reflecting on his conservative religious upbringing in Belgium, Raab cuts a figure wracked with insecurity and fear, as an ASMR-esque vocal pits viciously competing internal voices against one another.
As a collection, these six tracks introduce a self-produced musical polymath and his contribution to the resurgence and re-politicization of guitar-driven music.