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Review: 'Static Fires'

-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '10th August 2018'

Our Rating:
Alt-rock comes in many hues, so perhaps the last thing I expected from this quartet hailing from South Wales was a blend of 90s indie (somewhere between Reef and Oasis) and melodic not-so-alternative rock in the vein of The Foo Fighters. My initial response is a certain disappointment: I’d perhaps hoped for something a bit more gutsy than a band who’ve received favourable comparisons to Kings of Leon, while being braced for some limp emo fare. But objectively, it’s about what the album is, and not what it isn’t.

What it is is a solid collection of songs. The bouncier, more overtly poppy stylings of a handful of songs – ‘Like the Sun’ in particular, but also the anthemic closer, ‘Fix Myself’ – may be a bit standard, a bit by-numbers, but undoubtedly have mass appeal, but the majority of the album brings the guitars to the fore and balances melody with just enough edge.

Musically, they’re hard to fault: it’s well played and surprisingly varied, while at the same time cohesive: there are some inventive and memorable basslines (the title track is all about the bass) and some beefy riffs (‘Blood Red’ comes in as a full-on grunger and has a drawling vocal melody that’s more Alice in Chains than anything).

A confident debut, with enough bite to be credible.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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