Fetchin Bones was a cross-genre rock band from North Carolina. During a six-year career they produced five albums but were most celebrated for inspired live performances.
One reviewer stated they were “a band that must be seen live for a full grasp of their eclectic frenzy”. During numerous tours Fetchin Bones supported acts such as R.E.M., the B52s, X and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The band mixed blues, punk and country music, and Hope Nicholls’ “powerhose” vocals were compared to Janis Joplin‘s in their “dirty intensity”.
In an 1985 Whistle Test interview with Andy Kershaw, Hope said her influences include British bands Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Cocteau Twins.
Monster is their fourth and final studio album, released on June 9, 1989 through Capitol Records.
The swan song for North Carolina’s Fetchin Bones opens with the thunderous stomp of “Love Crushing,” which finds the protagonist shifting from suggestive to shackled. The quintet doesn’t let up often, serving up a punk-tinged, power pop musical backdrop for the strafing vocals of Hope Nicholls. Longtime Smithereens producer Ed Stasium keeps things accessible, yet muscular. “Deep Blue” is a crisp, mid-tempo pop gem with some nice string touches. “I Dig You” chugs and grinds as Nicholls belts out the playfully confessional lyrics.
The lyrics have depth like the desperate undertone that seems to lurk beneath the immediate whimsy of “(I Feel Like An) Astronaut.” Sometimes the lyrics are simply whimsical like the hyperactive, multilingual outburst “Bonework.” Monster is a totally captivating release and a fine way for Fetchin Bones to bow out.
1. Love Crushing (3:13)
2. Say The Word (3:25)
3. (I Feel Like An) Astronaut (4:06)
4. Deep Blue (3:12)
5. I Dig You (3:02)
6. Mr. Bad (3:25)
7. You’re So Much (3:41)
8. Bonework (2:22)
9. Spot (3:09)
10. Cross (3:41)
All songs composed by Fetchin Bones
- Pressed By – Capitol Jax
- Recorded At – American (3)
- Recorded At – Rumbo Recorders
- Recorded At – The Grey Room
- Recorded At – Alpha Studios, Burbank
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, Inc.
- Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, Inc.
- Published By – Snickerbush Music
- Art Direction – Tommy Steele
- Bass, Violin – Danna Pentes
- Composed By – Fetchin Bones, Fetchin Bones
- Cover [Art] – Mark Ryden
- Design – Peter Walberg
- Drums – Clay Richardson
- Engineer – Paul Hamingson
- Engineer [Assistant] – Gina Immel, Jim Dineen, Joe Schwartz
- Executive-Producer – Tim Carr, Tom Whalley
- Guitar – Aron Pitkin*, Errol Stewart
- Management – Jay Faires, Rosemary Carroll
- Photography By – Jay David Buchsbaum
- Producer – Ed Stasium
- Vocals – Hope Nicholls
Released: June 9, 1989
Genre: Alternative Rock
Style: Pop Rock
Label – Capitol Records