- 24 Jun 21
With the track's name inspired by the band's frontman (Fatboy), the hypnotic song is a sonic clash between R&B, Irish hip-hop and neo-soul.
Hot Press are delighted to premiere a vibrant new offering from alternative Ballymun-based band Bricknasty, featuring the angelic vocals of F3miii and Max Zanga of Tebi Rex.
With infectious vigour and soulful chords, not to mention soft, woozy vocals; ‘Who Asked, Fatboy?’ oozes with undeniable charisma. It's a cocktail of the best elements of each genre, with smooth results.
“Imagine Frank Ocean and D'Angelo linked up and made a song in Ballymun,” Bricknasty said of the number, and they essentially hit the nail on the head. Drawing influence from their neo-soul inspired roots, the rising Irish band showcases their boisterous and eclectic nature with ease. With refreshing takes on contemporary sounds mixed with their colloquial flavourings, the Dublin pair are sure to add the sonic diversity and spice the Irish music scene has desperately needed.
Hot Press Lockdown Sessions Y&E Series performer DeCarteret collaborated with Bricknasty on her debut appearance, ‘Sunday 21’ last October alongside Hayden J Barlow.
Bricknasty began making music in January of 2020. In this short amount of time, the outfit have already made a significant dent in the Irish music scene. Described as his "favourite type of jazz mixed with every other genre under the sun” by BBC presenter Jack Saunders, Bricknasty are paving their own lane and displaying their boundless potential with each release.
The band's main musical influences come from the music played in the Balbutcher Lane flats where frontman, Fatboy, was raised - a place where music from every culture could be heard, from traditional Irish ballads to '90s rave and garage music. With Fatboy and band producer - who goes by the tongue-in-cheek title of Skidmark - possessing the talent that comes with being lifelong multi-instrumentalists, there truly are no limits to their sound.
"‘Who Asked, Fatboy?’ was serious to slap together. Skidmark (Cillian) put together a lovely melody and then we messed with it and developed it some more," Bricknasty's Fatboy tells Hot Press. "Later on Max from Tebi Rex Member came over and did his bit, which inspired me and got me thinking. We were like, 'Do you know what would help us along? Getting tore up' - so we went to the off-license, got a few bruskis and for two consecutive sessions got very hammered. F3miii came to one of them and laid his angelic vocals."
"‘Who Asked, Fatboy?’ to me is like when you hit the post and it goes in, we are so close to refining this sound we have played with since we were teenagers and just now it feels like it's coming together, a little better than before, it still has a ways to go but 'Fatboy' is special for me in the sense it's the closest we've got to the music we wanna make," Skidmark adds.
Paired with a tight knit group of musical peers, the band are set on bringing their brand of sardonic music to a broader, younger audience. Fans never know what to expect.
Listen to 'Who Asked, Fat Boy?' below: