Nestled in the heart of the French musical landscape, the duo known as Fat Bottomed Boys emerges as a captivating force, combining passion, skill, and a deep-rooted appreciation for rock royalty. Comprising The Sgt. and Elash, this dynamic pair first found common ground as integral members of the esteemed Rock You! Queen tribute band, where their shared love for Queen’s legendary sound forged a bond that would evolve into something extraordinary.
In the wake of their tribute band success, The Sgt. and Elash made a bold decision in 2020—to channel their musical prowess into an original venture, thus giving birth to Fat Bottomed Boys. Departing from the realm of homage, the duo set out on an ambitious mission: to craft authentic, original compositions that pay homage to their idols while carving a unique niche in the grand tapestry of rock history. Beyond the stage lights and iconic sounds, Fat Bottomed Boys becomes a testament to the enduring spirit of rock, a duo with a mission to infuse their own creative energy into a genre steeped in tradition. As they navigate the sonic scenery, these musicians invites me to join them on a regal journey, where the echoes of Queen’s influence resonate, and the legacy of Fat Bottomed Boys begins to etch itself into the canvas of rock history.
Get ready to ride the sonic waves with “Haters Gonna Hate” by Fat Bottomed Boys, released on November 24th, 2023. This album is not just a playlist; it’s a pulsating journey through stadium-rock anthems, tender ballads, and unexpected collaborations with talents like Secret Garden and The Dusty Man. With the unmistakable power of the Red Special guitar, Fat Bottomed Boys redefine classic rock, inviting me to join a regal, resounding musical experience.
Haters Gonna Hate Album Track List:
Haters Gonna Hate:
As the first notes of “Haters Gonna Hate” reverberate, an electrifying energy envelops me, setting the stage for a thrilling journey through the album tilted “Haters Gonna Hate”. The creative decision to align the song title with the album title serves as a teaser, offering a glimpse into the thematic essence that unfolds. Right from the get-go, the guitar takes center stage, unleashing a wild, energetic cadence that grabs hold of my senses. The drumming then kicks in with a vibrant pulse, intensifying the rock-like atmosphere, and just when I thought I had a moment to catch my breath, the lead singer’s potent vocals hit like a sonic punch, catapulting me into a realm where rock and dance collide.
Beyond the intense musicality, “Haters Gonna Hate” unfolds as an anthem of resilience and self-assurance. The lyrics, as if echoing a universal truth, proclaim: ”we are standing tall, wearing our crowns we’ll keep on rocking never backing down.” This transcendent declaration becomes the beating heart of the song, a rallying cry against the inevitable negativity that life may throw. As the lyrics assert, it’s a reality in the world; there will always be those who harbor negativity, but this song becomes a declaration of independence from the weight of their judgment. “Haters gonna hate,” but I’m standing tall, wearing my crown, and rocking on, undeterred by the critics.
The apex of this electrifying track arrives with a mind-blowing crescendo between the 1:33 to 2:27 timestamp. The intricate dance between drumming, bass guitar, and electric guitar during this segment is nothing short of musical alchemy. The smooth transitions, intense synergy, and mind-bending riffs catapult the listening experience into a different dimension. At this moment, I found myself on my feet, unconsciously strumming imaginary chords in harmony with the musicians. The craftsmanship displayed within this timeframe is nothing short of phenomenal, a testament to the musicians’ prowess. The instrumentation becomes a study in itself, earning my utmost admiration for its sheer brilliance.
I’m Not The One
Following the electric vibes of the opening tracks, “I’m Not The One” in the album “Haters Gonna Hate” takes me on a serene journey, a shift into a cozy, chill atmosphere that resonates with blissful rhythms and melodies. This enchanting voyage unfolds in stark contrast to the earlier tracks, as the piano introduces a soothing melody, creating an immediate sense of warmth and calmness. The lead singer of the Fat Bottomed Boys joins in with romantic vocals, serenading alongside the piano, and from the very first lyrics, “I could send you love letters, propose to you for a world so better,” love permeates the air. At the 0:39 timestamp, the introduction of drumming adds an 80’s blues touch, enhancing the beauty of the composition.
Within this harmonious blend of instruments and the simplicity of the lead vocalist, the thematic expression of “I’m Not The One” becomes evident. It’s more than a title or a mere lyric; it’s a heartfelt confession to a special lady. Lyrics like “I’m not the one you think I am, not the happiest man and guy” coupled with the straightforward declaration of “I’m not the one” reinforce the message – he’s not the guy she’s looking for. The song becomes a gentle reminder to the ladies that he’s not the one who can afford a fancy dinner or fulfill certain expectations. “I’m Not The One” is an honest admission that gracefully navigates the complexities of relationships.
The standout feature of this song lies in its simplicity and the seamless harmony among its elements. The guitarist deserves special acknowledgment for the enchanting riffs between the 2:46 and 3:15 timestamp, a moment that can only be described as “magical.” In embracing simplicity, “I’m Not The One” not only communicates its message effectively but also underscores the profound beauty found in uncomplicated musical arrangements, proving that sometimes, less truly is more.
You Want It:
Venturing into the sixth track, “You Want It,” from the album “Haters Gonna Hate,” I found myself immersed in a different musical realm. It wasn’t just a listening experience; it felt like I was part of the music-making process, a moderator orchestrating a grand choir. This track exudes majesty, exclusivity, and had me in an elegant chokehold right from the start. The song opens with what can only be described as a mass choir chanting a singular sound, harmonizing with the refined notes of the instruments. The sophistication of the introduction is immediately palpable, and as the lead vocalist’s energetic voice declares, “you say you want it, come on and shake it, I’m gonna give you what you want me to do,” the instruments respond in orchestral precision. The guitar makes its entrance at 0:38 with subtle strumming, and at the 0:45 timestamp, the song erupts with full force, accompanied by a breathtaking guitar riff that sent me into a wild frenzy. “You Want It” maintains an unmatched intensity from beginning to end.
The thematic expression of “You Want It” unfolds seamlessly, mirroring its title. The song essentially explores the actions one takes when desire fuels their pursuits and delves into how far one is willing to go for what they want. The lyrics serve as a straightforward narrative, capturing the essence of determination and the relentless pursuit of desires.
The remarkable essence of “You Want It” doesn’t confine itself to a particular moment; it weaves through the entire musical tapestry. The song weaves an enchanting journey, from the subtle tempo build-up between 0:32 and 0:44 to the spirited guitar riffs at 0:45, the rhythmic dance of instruments from 1:05 to 1:27, the mesmerizing guitar interludes spanning 1:40 to 2:01, and the entrance of the choir at the 2:02 timestamp. This musical tale is a testament to the musicians’ exceptional talent, revealing their ability to create a masterpiece that goes beyond the usual confines with a genuine, human touch.
The closing track, “Feeling Happy,” in the album “Haters Gonna Hate” couldn’t be more aptly named. It perfectly mirrors the sentiment resonating within me after the enriching experience of listening to the entire album. This track, true to its name, encapsulates a spirit of joy and exuberance. It embarks on an unconventional musical journey from the outset, featuring cartoonish piano notes that radiate genuine joy and melody. As the drumming joins in, breaking and pulsating, the choir-like backup singers chime in with jubilant voices singing “feeling fine, feeling happy.” By the 0:10 timestamp, this infectious happiness is further elevated by the energetic and joyful vocals of the lead singer of Fat Bottomed Boys. “Feeling Happy” is undeniably a song crafted for those with joy-filled hearts.
While the title and the initial sounds of the song give a clear indication of its theme, lyrics like “I can’t believe how happy I feel, this love is all so real” reinforce the source of this boundless joy. It stems from the pure and genuine love of a special someone. The song becomes a celebration of the ecstasy that accompanies experiencing true love, especially when that love is reciprocated. As I listen, it resonates deeply, capturing the beautiful emotion of feeling genuinely happy and content, much like the joy I’m currently experiencing, inspired by that special someone who makes me “feel fine and happy.”
Honestly, it’s an impossible task to pinpoint a standout feature or moment in a song that is already saturated with so much joy. The standout feature of “Feeling Happy” is the joy it exudes, the infectious ecstasy it imparts, the thrill it elicits, and the celebration of love it encapsulates. Love, indeed, is a beautiful and joyous force.
Embarking on the sonic odyssey that is “Haters Gonna Hate” by Fat Bottomed Boys has been nothing short of a euphoric journey through the realms of rock emotion. From the explosive energy of the opening tracks to the serene introspection in the middle, and culminating in the jubilant finale of “Feeling Happy,” each note felt like a revelation. The band’s masterful fusion of classic rock influences, coupled with their own innovative flair, creates an album that doesn’t just pay homage to rock legends but propels their legacy into a contemporary realm. The thematic diversity, from defiance to love and unbridled joy, mirrors the multifaceted facets of life. With guitar riffs that electrify, vocals that resonate, and compositions that transcend, “Haters Gonna Hate” is a musical tapestry woven with passion and brilliance.
As I stand amidst the echoes of this musical triumph, I wholeheartedly recommend this album to anyone seeking an authentic, soul-stirring experience. It’s not just an album; it’s a journey that captivates, resonates, and leaves you feeling, much like the joyful conclusion of “Feeling Happy” suggests, absolutely fine and undeniably happy.