Album Review: “Fish Food” by Bonecage

Artist:  Bonecage

Album:  Fish Food

When I first listened to “Fish Food,” I was hit with a wave of nostalgia. What’s weird is that it wasn’t a wave of nostalgia about any songs or sound on the album — it was a nostalgia wave that pushed me back into a simpler time when the only jokes I thought about all the time related to dicks, sex, and poop. Let me back up here — I still quite frequently think about jokes like those — but not as much anymore, surprisingly. If one isn’t in the mood for such humor, this album isn’t for you. But if you aren’t afraid of a little dirty, irreverent humor, then I recommend proceeding.

“Fish Food” is full of pop culture references (Predator and Total Recall, namely), quirky lyrics, and the aforementioned dick jokes (five songs specifically center around dicks!). The songs are also very catchy — I’ve had a song called “Olive Garden Butthole” stuck in my head for about a week now. Don’t let this title fool you, though. The song is 100% about Olive Garden and 0% about buttholes… I can’t tell if that’s a good or bad thing. I think overall that’s a positive!

The production on this album is very clear — every instrument is well represented and mixed well. Bonecage’s vocals very much remind me of Travis Morrison from The Dismemberment Plan, and I’m down with that as a fan of The Plan. (I’m not sure if anyone calls them that, but I just did.)

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Bonecage – Grandma’s House

My favorites on the album include “Grandma’s House” (funky and some good synth hooks), “Keep Going (STOP!)” (an exploration of self-control), “No Mas Mermaids” (what pubescent boy hasn’t thought about this?), “Makeshift Vagina” (see previous parenthetically written comment), “I Can’t Be Your Friend Anymore” (I fear a day like this in my own life), and the previously mentioned, “Olive Garden Butthole.”

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Bonecage – Makeshift Vagina

If you don’t feel too mature or jaded to appreciate Bonecage’s type of comedy, then I’d recommend listening to “Fish Food.” I think that nostalgia wave just might crash into you too.

Pre-order the album and preview some tracks here!