The past three years has seen UK alternative rock band The Trade earn a strong reputation and an eagerly growing fanbase through their impressive line performances which have seen the band shared stages with bands such as The Undertones, The Buzzcocks, The Twang, The Twilight Sad, The Xcerts, Chris Helm, Mark Morriss and The Underground Hero’s to name a few, and the release of their debut album Lie in the Dark in 2011. Since its well-received release the band has kept interest in them high with a series of singles of which Fight Club from the album is the latest. The enjoyable song is also another enterprising lure to strong anticipation ahead of the release of their second album later this year.
Consisting of vocalist Ross Milne, guitarists Stevie Morris and Liam Moir, bassist/backing vocalist Drew McLaren, and drummer Sean Hollowmind, the quintet from Angus in Scotland creates guitar driven music which with ease captures the imagination. The new single is a prime slice of their invention and a pleasing invitation into the band, a song which takes no time in engaging fully and bringing a vibrant stroll of fresh melodies and guitar lined craft to bear.
The track opens with firm but restrained riffs which niggle the air with a slightly agitated breath whilst the expressive vocals of Milne engage the ear with its fine gravelly texture. Soon a throaty bassline joins the affair paced by crisp drum beats and a brewing hunger to the song itself. Into its stride the track offers further sonic flames upon the solid and inviting hooks of the song as well as crescendos of energies which suggest the song is going to explode into more muscular purpose but instead remains in its boisterous stance to tease and equally disappoint and thrill.
Fight Club with its emotive lilt lyrically and to the vocals brings a certain hunger in the listener to check out the impending album from the band at the very least. The single is probably not the finest moment of the band to date but undoubtedly a perfect way to walk into their creative embrace.
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