Saturday, 19 October 2013
making contact gets harder as the silence grows longer
It doesn't happen often these days, but very occasionally a song will come along that absolutely knocks your socks off. I can tell usually within the first twenty seconds of hearing a tune whether I like it or not. Then, while I am listening I am hoping that the song is going to be brilliant for all 2 mins 49 seconds. I needn't have worried, Runaround is AMAZING! from start to finish. Runaround by The Fireworks is easily the best song I have heard since Outside Myself by The Hobbes Fanclub and maybe, the most exciting song since Wannabe by The Spice Girls. This is high praise indeed, given that I think Wannabe is probaby the greatest POP! moment in the last thirty years. I first saw The Fireworks a couple of years ago at the Going Up The Country event in Congleton and thought they were good but they had trouble getting to the venue on time, and I think this affected the intensity of the performance. I saw them again at Indie Pop Days in Berlin last summer and thought they were great and also at last year's Nottingham All-dayer. The improvement each time I saw them has been immense and this has continued since. I must get to see them again this year before they are selling out arenas. What I like about The Fireworks is that they can walk it like they talk it. Lots of bands say that they love punk and Motown and the under produced C86 bands and that they are massive influence. Then, when you hear their songs they are the most boring, over produced pile of tosh you could have the misfortune to hear. The Firworks are EXCITING! and you can hear it in the songs. We all have to compromise in our everyday lives and having a creative outlet is the one opportunity to be brave and adventurous. Why be boring? The Fireworks may end up breaking our hearts, they may be like the girl you knew you shouldn't fall in love with but do so anyway. For now, they make beautiful noisy pop music. I hope they never grow up. Runaround by The Fireworks is out on November 26 on Shelflife Records.