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  FLASHFIRES
'Play' EP
(Angry Badger Records)
Out Now


Johnny Main

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Friends from school, Basingstoke indie/rock five piece FlashFires have a developed unique bond that shines through in their song writing and their live shows.

Despite only being in their late teens/early twenties, they're writing has an adult edge to it that is backed up by solid musical performances. 'Play' is the band's debut EP and follow up to second single 'Play' which you see reviewed here and it finds them in fine form.

It didn't take long for the band to be signed up to a record contract, inking a deal with independent label Angry Badger Records in May 2013 after catching their attention with the bands 'ManShark' demo back in 2012. With the ink on the contract dry, plans were quickly put in place to record their debut album, which involved the band heading off to California in September 2013 to work on their debut EP with no less than Brian Wheat (bass player with US rock legends Tesla) at the controls.

The finished EP is five tracks of what you can only describe as jaunty, upbeat music. The current single (the third from this release so far), '31', is a great start with some inventive drumming from Toby Bartlett, especially during the middle section whilst front man Alex Gonzato gives a great performance too. Following a similar pattern is the faster tempo of 'Shy' ensuring that the first track was no one-off experiment.

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'Lingo' has Bartlett working well alongside bass player Liam Kinslow showing what a solid rhythm section the pair are as both instruments really come to the fore. Bartlett and Kinslow's work acts as a great platform for the guitar and vocals to sit on in this enjoyable track. With the addition of some backing vocals to the chorus and some effects added to Gonzato's main vocal performance, the song has a different feel altogether, but it's still a another enjoyable listening experience.

'You Say Nothing' has Bartlett leading the way with an uncomplicated beat which is joined by another jaunty guitar line courtesy of Fraser Roskilly and Jon Cullis. When a band throws in a catchy chorus (and lots of "Oooohs" for added effect), you know they're pretty much onto a sure-fire winner, efore the guitar driven finale of 'Circus Boy', (the first single the band released from the EP), bringing a fine end to a great collection of songs.

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Looking at the future, the band already have big US and UK management teams behind them, and being able to count legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page amongst their rapidly growing legion of fans really can't do them any harm either.

So with several festival shows lined up over the coming months, it seems that they're in the best place they could possibly be at this point in their career so look out for FlashFires playing near you – you won't be disappointed.

You can watch the official video for '31' here:



You can see FlashFires live here:
Saturday 11th July – Live Festival, Basingstoke
Saturday 18th July – The Workshop, Shoreditch
Sunday 19th July – Penn Festival
Saturday 25th July – Festival On The Heath, Salisbury
Wednesday 29th July – BBC Introducing Live night, Purple Turtle, Reading
Friday 21st August – The Vic, Swindon
Saturday 22nd August – Stanmore Festival, Winchester

'Play' EP Tracklist:
31
Shy
Lingo
You Say Nothing
Circus Boy

FlashFires are:
Alex Gonzato – Vocals/Guitars
Fraser Roskilly – Guitar
Jon Cullis – Guitar
Liam Kinslow – Bass Guitar
Toby Bartlett – Drums

Band photo – © Oliver Halfin 2015


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