I picked this one up a good ten years or so ago in the vinyl basement of CD Cat in Toronto (the one on Queen Street W. that actually had a cat roaming the store. Pity that place is gone, but I digress). It was a $1 bin find, and by and large I treated it as such. Listened to it once and was somewhat indifferent to it, so on the shelf it sat for a decade. Pulled it out of retirement for this entry, and although I still find it a tad non-descript, it made a better impression on me the second spin around. Fluid Waffle
were a ramshackle, Ottawa-based college rock aggregation with loose psych-pop tendencies (check out the Farfisa organ proliferating "Odd Man Out"). Overall, vaguely reminiscent of Camper Van Beethoven, albeit bearing a fraction of the irony. The sweet jangle treatment bestowed upon "Very Big Races" is as inviting as the record gets, and in itself is worth downloading.
Discovered a couple things when I was doing my research on these guys. The majority of the lineup went onto to comprise the much more renown Furnaceface
in the '90s. In fact, this lists F/W's rather brief
discography. Secondly, Fluid Waffle reunited in 2007 for an old school, Ottawa punk revival gig which you can read about .
01. Don't Let Me Be Caught
02. Dirty Little War
03. Odd Man Out
04. Every Twist and Turn
05. Very Big Races
06. Cease to Breath