Tropical Fuck Storm

Review: A Laughing Death In Meatspace – Tropical F*** Storm ★★★★★

Tired of the same old boring music? Want something new an unique?

Look no further than Tropical F*ck Storm (and yes that is their name.) Stop what you’ree doing and listen to the album.


Tropical F*ck Storm

TFS is an Alternative/Experimental rock group from Melbourne, Australia. They formed just last year in 2017. The band consists of Gareth Liddiard (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Fiona Kitschin (Bass), Lauren Hammel (Drums), and Erica Dunn (Guitar, Keyboard).

The band formed when Liddiard and Kitschin of the band The Drones, took a hiatus. They decided to start another musical project with Hammel of High Tension, and Dunn of MOD CON, and Palm Springs.

According to Dunn, “They just rang me up. Gareth and Fi were on loudspeaker like excited children. The pitch was ‘Do you want to play guitar? We’re just going to do some weird shit.’ And I was like, ‘Okay, sure.'”

Their debut album A Laughing Death In Meatspace was released on May 4, 2018, through Joyful Noise Records. They also released a few singles prior to the release of the album. Two of them were covers of the Bee Gees, “Stayin Alive” and Lost Animal’s, “Lose the Baby.”

A Laughing Death In Meatspace

The album begins with, “You Let My Tyres Down” their lead single for the album. At almost 6 minutes this song is full of emotion and power. The lyrics tell a story about someone named Bebe, who has been arrested. Through the rest of the song, we find out the story of how this came to be. At each chorus, Liddiard states, “I’d give you anything, at any time. But you let my tyres down.” In other words, Bebe has let the narrator down — she has deflated him.

The song uses whimsical whammy guitar riffs, dynamic range, and a very climatic ending. Another thing I really love about this song is Liddiards unique vocal melody lines and the way he spaces the lyrics.

The second track on the album, “Antimatter Animals.” This song combines electronic, and rock instruments. There are melodies and counter melodies that blend so well together. On top of that is an unorthodox drum beat. There is an ominous feeling through the whole song, that makes it feel like it could be off of a Danny Brown album like Atrocity Exhibition. This is defiantly one of the most unique tracks on the album.

The third track is, “Chameleon Paint.” This song has another whammy related riff that is played throughout the song.

The fourth track is, “The Future of History.” The song’s lyrics are about the chess matches between Garry Kasparov and the supercomputer Deep Blue in 1996 and 1997.

The fifth track is, “Two Afternoons.”

The sixth track is, “Soft Power.” Soft power is a persuasive approach to international relations, typically involving the use of economic or cultural influence. At the end of the song Liddiard laments, “Scarecrow, I’m gonna miss you the most.” The Scarecrow could be, “a reflection of the popular image of the American farmer—although he has been persuaded that he is only a dumb hick, he possesses a strong common sense, remarkable insight, and quick-wittedness that needs only to be reinforced by self-confidence.”

The seventh track is, “Shellfish Toxin.” This is a wild experimental instrumental.

The eight-track is, “A Laughing Death In Meatspace.” The song laments how the world can be a horrible place. But there is a glimmer of hope when the singer says, “And then I remember a bright and sunny day.” The singer also says, “O yes I forgive, my runaway.”

The last track is, “Rubber Bullies.” The song laments that, “The world’s way too connected, and all anybody does is fight.” The song is an encouragement that if we don’t change and don’t remember our humanity, we will destroy each other.


I give this album 5 stars.

It is such a breath of fresh air. It is unique and different, but at the same time, it has a lot to say. Please listen and let me know what you think about the album. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

This album was selected and reviewed by Cole Foster, published by The Ennui Project.

Cole Foster
Cole Foster is a Rexburg local, and the frontman for local rock'n'roll group, For Your Health. Foster is a contributing author for The Ennui Project and is the brains behind "The Peel" a podcast that peels back the musicians of Rexburg, Idaho.

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