UK hard rock band Fire At Dawn has already been earning a potent reputation for their live performances since forming in 2013, but now have national attention in their sights with a self-titled debut EP. The five track release is a rather captivating introduction to the band, not one to declare the band as the future next big thing in British rock, but definitely a potential fuelled and feistily charming base for the band to spring from ahead.
Hailing from Southend, the quintet was swiftly drawing comparisons to bands such as Alter Bridge, Evanescence, and Muse with their sound. The EP shows there is more to their creativity than that though, an individual flavouring which may not yet be loudly showing but showing there is plenty more to come from Fire At Dawn as they evolve and one suspects subsequently sets themselves apart from the crowd. It is all there on parade from the first track of the release as a familiarity works with a just as magnetic invention to spark senses and appetite to want more.
Bad Trip is first, and as soon as the sultry wash of keys wraps ears, attention and intrigue are awoken. There is a fizz to the melodic opening, a strong coaxing which only benefits from the pungent rhythms and blaze of guitar which are soon adding their temptation. The strong lure slips a little as the song relaxes for the beginning of its lyrical narrative but nicely compensates with the seductive tones of Victoria Walker presenting them. The guitars of Brad Winter and Ross Turbz court her delivery with a spicy weave of melodies and riffs, the pair swiftly impressing with their enterprise and craft and increasingly so over the whole release. The song never explodes as its small crescendos suggest but firmly engages imagination and emotions from start to finish for a strong opening to the encounter.
The following Choose Me has a gentler start but like a sparkling wine has lively flavour to its acidic lure too. There is a definite eighties feel to the song as it unleashes infectious energy and fiery grooves, an essence which colours the whole song which also slips into something more reserved for the start of Walker’s vocals. Its catchiness is never far from the surface though especially with the bouncy beats of drummer Roman Drummond and dark basslines of Lloyd Entwistle making sure feet and thoughts are easily engaged across the song’s vibrant presence.
From the liveliness of two songs, Light explores a more restrained and shadow wrapped adventure. Emotive harmonies slip from Walker’s throat with impressive ease and potency whilst guitars and keys cast a radiance which caresses the senses with smouldering temptation. There is a melancholic but tenacious heart to the song which again threatens to erupt into more intimidating pastures, but it also finds itself on a constant rein even with the flame of sonic invention which drives a gripping solo. The track enthrals as it unveils its canvas and creative expression, subsequently making way for the closing pair of On Me and Run. Neither quite matches the previous songs as a whole, but each has moments of delicious endeavour and imagination. The first travels progressive scenery sculpted by again superb guitar work whilst its successor opens with a tangy twang to its chords and tempting which ignites a certain melodic mystique across the whole song musically and vocally. It is a fine end to the release, every part sizzling in ears without finding that key spark to ignite the roaring blaze you feel is there in the song and EP’s depths.
Fire At Dawn certainly inspires a hunger to know and hear more with their debut. It is lacking as mentioned a certain element and a snarl vocally and rhythmically to bring it fully to life, but such the quality and enjoyment the band do provide, that can be a question to address in future encounters whilst happily enjoying their introduction.
Fire At Dawn is available through all digital outlets on Monday 1st December.
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