By Ginny S. Gillikin, Raleigh, NC
Review: The Fish Mittens – “Filthy Gibberish” EP – Release date December 1, 2022
The Fish Mittens is a four-piece punk band from Kent, England. Their name refers to 16th- to 17th-century slang for a female body part. Fittingly, the songs on their new EP are irreverent and mention sex frequently. They are fast-paced – clocking in under three minutes – and humorous.
While listening to “Suburban Wife Swap,” I can picture a swinging ‘60s key party where partners are swapped, complete with liquor and shrimp cocktails. “The drinks are flowing … it’s a swinger’s dream.” As he repeatedly mentions a woman named Marjorie – seemingly his wife – singer Mick Mould realizes that “she’s just picked me.”
The narrator of “The Accidental Dogger” seems to be watching others perform sexual acts in public – bringing the titular British slang term to life. He finally laments, “There’s nothing here to see; I only stopped in here to phone my mum.”
Though the songs might be silly, The Fish Mittens actually know how to play their instruments. Their songs are standard punk fare but enjoyable.
The Fish Mittens are..
Mick Mould: Vocals
Mike Bridle: Guitar
Paul Clemas: Bass
Tim Powell: Drums
All words and music by the fish mittens. Recorded at Honywood studios Basildon Essex by Dan Hack and Gary Ostell.