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Fireworks at Babysue

Thank God there are still bands on the planet who make music without giving a damn about hit singles and pleasing the mindless majority. The folks in The Fireworks previously released a couple of well-received singles, an EP, and a flexi. Now comes their debut full-length…and it’s a direct hit. The band is based in London and Brighton (UK) and is comprised of Emma Hall, Matthew Rimell, Isabel Albiol, and Shaun Charman. The press release that accompanied this disc compared the band’s music to other artists like Razorcuts, the Buzzcocks, and Bubblegum Splash. We can hear traces of all of these and more in these gritty rockin’ cuts. If you’re like us–and easily grow tired of digital perfection in music–Switch Me On may very well switch you on. These recordings have a nice raw sound with much more in common with cool underground bands from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s than groups in the twenty-first century. But the band is by no means going for a retro sound…they’re just playing like they mean it. We love the energy here. These folks create an overall sound that makes you want to move and groove their the music. Thirteen kickass cuts. Our initial favorites include “With My Heart,” “Switch Me On,” “On and On,” and “Final Say.” Rough, raw, rockin’ stuff that’ll grab you by the nuts and make you wanna totally ROCK OUT. Top pick.


Fireworks at Pop Lib

This thrilling sub-two-minute blast of fuzzed out feedback pop comes from London band The Fireworks from their “Switch Me On” album, released last month.

It could just as easily have come from Edinburgh label 53rd and 3rd in the late 80s, so perfectly does it recreate the energy and style of The Shop Assistants, even down to the perfect vocal style of Emma Hall.

Sure, this has familiar elements of C86 fuzz-pop and The Shop Assistants (“Let You Know” manages to combine everything by stealing the chords of the Shoppie’s “Somewhere in China” while sounding like Jasmine Minks or Stars of Heaven). But it also mixes in some Jesus And Mary Chain feedback and Buzzcocks style power-pop.

So it’s not exactly doing anything new, but it IS very good indeed and there were never enough songs of the quality of this album released in the 80s anyway. Good clean fuzzed-up fun.


Fireworks at Fingertips Music

A blistering, buzzy shot of punk-ish pop (or, perhaps, pop-ish punk), “Runaround” is a brazen reminder that digitalia only gets you so far in a world that still exists in three dimensions (so far). There’s a chunky permanence to the guitar-bass-drum attack of The Fireworks that renders the knob twiddling that dominates 21st-century pop music sound like a kind of quaint sideline. Music that does not depend upon physical vibrations of physical objects in the physical world is still music, of course, but that’s my ongoing point: there are different kinds of music, and engaging instances of all these different kinds can and must each be encouraged and celebrated, rather than one kind being dismissed as somehow “un-hip” while another kind experiences a bubble of over-production. Coming to a classic, melodic, three-chord headbanger from the vantage point of the year 2015, to my ears, automatically makes this new and different from whatever past bands you’d like to cite as progenitors of this style. (Me I hear a kind of Elastica-meets-Ramones vibe; what could be bad?)

The song’s simple, crowning achievement is the relentless downturn at the end of each verse line. Classic pop would often give us a downturn at the end of the first line, balanced by an upturn at the end of the second line. Here, the downturn at the end of the second line not only fools us by going down at all but goes down to kind of an off note (first heard at 0:18), surely not the note our ears were expecting. “Runaround” takes us three seven straight downturns (alternating four of the first kind and three of the second) before the last line of the verse becomes the beginning of the chorus, with the long-awaited upturn at the end of the word “Runaround.” Through it all, lead singer Emma Hall finds an effective middle ground between blasé and excited, letting the hugeness of the guitar sound swell her forward without giving her much pause. I always liked best the punks who weren’t too in love with their toughness; they were the ones to count on for melody. And still apparently are.

The Fireworks are a quartet from London. “Runaround” is the second track off the band’s debut album, Switch Me On, which was released last month on Shelflife Records. You can listen to it as well as buy it via Bandcamp.


Fireworks at Polaroid

Nome più azzeccato i Fireworks non potevano sceglierlo. Con quel suono esplosivo e dirompente, forse non vanno tanto per il sottile ma sanno garantire divertimento dalla prima all’ultima nota. Il loro album di debutto, finalmente arrivato dopo un paio di singolisempre su Shelflife, rincara la dose e si intitola Switch Me On: grazie ragazzi, ne avevo davvero bisogno. Guitar pop veloce e senza fronzoli, con quel pizzico di arroganza di cui nell’indiepop a volte si avverte il bisogno, e pieno di melodie terse e super pop. L’idea resta la stessa: prendere quel suono fragoroso che deriva dai Buzzcocks, filtra successivamente nei vari Razorcuts, Girls At Our Best!, Flatmates, Wedding Present e Popguns (non a caso, qui alla batteria troviamo Shaun Charman, che ha militato proprio in queste ultime due formazioni) e renderlo attuale, magari addolcendolo grazie alla voce di Emma Hall dei Pocketbooks. A lei tocca il compito di cantare una buona metà dei pezzi, tra cui i migliori della corposa scaletta, Tightrope e Runaround, e io la trovo perfettamente in parte. Quando prende il suo posto Matthew Rimell dei Big Pink Cake i Fireworks sono capaci di tirare fuori un carattere più aggressivo e più amaro, come in Which Way To Gooppure Back To You. Insomma, Switch Me On è un album di indiepop che a prima vista non cambierà la storia della musica, nemmeno di questo piccolo e trascurato genere, ma che è capace di non annoiare mai e di arrivare dritto al punto come pochi altri.


Fireworks at Examiner

Catchy guitar hooks, pop infused melodies vocal harmonies and a punk attitude are all on the menu as the Fireworks introduce listeners to their debut record Switch Me On. Taking listeners on a fast paced romp through their musical world, the young band from England is the real deal backing up its punk attitude with raw unfiltered guitars, overpowering rhythms and a healthy dose of good old fashioned angst.

Switch Me On opens with a bit of anger on “With My Heart”. Emma Hall unleashes a tirade towards the guy that has done her wrong creating an instant bond with anyone that has gone through this. At the end of the song Matthew Rimmel’s vocals come in over top of Hall’s giving the song an extra layer of goodness. The track “On and On” finds Hall’s vocals weaving through Rimmel’s blistering guitars and the big bold rhythms care of Isabel Alviol (bass) and Shaun Chairman (drums). Once again she is singing about a relationship gone sour but instead of letting the offending party have a piece of her mind there is regret for letting them leave without saying a word. Rimmel’s static engulfed guitars try to take control of “Runaround” but catchy melodies, well placed tambourines and Hall’s vocals fight through the fuzz keeping it from becoming a muddied mess. On the titular track “Switch Me On” the Fireworks create a sound that is sonically similar to Jesus & Mary Chain while the booming drums and Rimmel’s vocals on “Final Say” remind me of early Iggy Pop. One of the catchier tunes on the record is the jangly “Let You Know”. Opening with a Lemonheads vibe the song quickly evolves into an 80’s post punk sound as Rimmel sings about letting someone know you have feelings for them. The album ends with the bare bones somber “In the Morning”. It seems out of place with the rest of the songs on Switch Me On and at first I had the feeling it was a throw away track until I listened to it a second time and realized it is quite brilliant.

Switch Me On is a nice collection of songs from a band that refuses to fall in line with what is popular. The Firecracker’s music stands out among the throngs of bubble gum pop, electronica and pretend punk groups because they embrace the past in their music instead of thumbing their noses at it. After listening to the 13 tracks on their debut record I conclude that the Firecrackers realize good music is more about the substance than the flair. If you dig kick ass rock music then add Switch Me On to your playlists.


Fireworks at Sound of Violence

The Fireworks : si ce nom ne vous dit rien, c’est que vous ne vous intéressez probablement pas à la noisy pop britannique. Ces vingtenaires ont en effet sorti deux premiers quarante-cinq tours ultra prometteurs, et totalement sold out, en 2013, et nous délivrent enfin leur très attendu premier opus :Switch Me On.

Résolument adepte des compositions dont la durée est huit fois sur dix proche des deux minutes et trente secondes, le quatuor démarre sur les chapeaux de roue avec le très décapant With My Heart, déjà paru en face-b du simple Runaround. Efficace, addictif et somme toute assez représentatif du son de The Fireworks, cette plage d’ouverture constitue le baromètre de ce qui va attendre l’auditeur pendant les quarante minutes que dure l’album. Dès les premières notes de Runaround, la contamination se propage un peu plus. Le son sale et saturé produit par les Londoniens et sur lequel Emma Hall pose sa voix nous replonge dans les vapeurs des débuts de The Jesus and Mary Chain et de The Wedding Present. Il est certain que ce groupe a été biberonné au mouvement C86, de Primal Scream à The Pastels en passant par le célèbre label de Bristol Sarah Records. C’est en effet tout à fait perceptible sur le Field Mice-ien Let You Know qui apporte un tant soit peu d’oxygène avant une nouvelle tempête sonore qui s’annonce des plus dévastatrices.

La folle déferlante électrique débute avec Tightrope qui nous replonge dans l’esprit des brillantes premières compositions des irlandais de Ash (Kung Fu, Jack Names The Planets…) et s’atténuera légèrement six titres plus loin avec un Back To You un peu moins assourdissant que le petit quart d’heure sacrément bruyant des morceaux énumérés précédemment. Le semblant de relâchement ne dure toutefois pas plus de trois minutes. Le réveil des quatre anglais de Brighton sera une fois encore particulièrement dynamique et furieusement inspiré, avec notamment une mention spéciale à Final Sayet sa basse métallique qui dévaste tout sur son passage. Après cet exercice bruyantissime un peu fou mais surtout inspiré, The Fireworks tirent leur révérence avec In The Morning, sorte de retour à la normale après une nuit folle digne de celle de Griffin Dunne dans le classique de Martin Scorcese After hours. Cette composition démontre d’ailleurs tout le talent que possède ce tout jeune groupe en étant capable de débrancher les amplis pendant moins de trois minutes et réussir à séduire sans aucun artifice un public déjà pleinement converti à toutes ces noisy pop songs qui constituent l’essence même deSwitch Me On.

Bien sûr, on trouvera probablement d’inévitables détracteurs à cet album qui seront uniquement capables de retenir le côté un peu répétitif des chansons structurant ce disque. Néanmoins, la fraicheur, la spontanéité et l’audace priment sur ce petit défaut qui ne gâche en rien l’orgie sonore jouissive répandue dans la plupart des treize compositions. Le printemps n’est peut-être pas encore là, maisSwitch Me On apporte un sacré rayon de soleil dans la grisaille de ce mois de février 2015.


Fireworks at Towle Road

English indie noise pop act The Fireworks released their debut album Switch Me On last week on go-to noise pop label Shelflife.

A perfect addition for fans of feedback/shoegaze/pop punk/noise pop, Buzzcocks, Girls At Our Best!, We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It! (for the second time this week),The Shop Assistants, Bananarama, Meat Whiplash, Bubblegum Splash


Fireworks at Fat Angel Sings

Earlier this year, I added a track from the wonderful band The Fireworks. Its a great album and I enjoyed it so much, so wouldn’t we want to go for round two and put up another track “Runaround” sees the band dig into their retro roots (love the black and white) without sacrificing their scrappy, noise pop appeal. Check out the clip below. The Fireworks’new EP Runaround is out now via Shelflife Records.


Fireworks at Porky Prime Cuts

PORKY WAS DELIGHTED TO recently receive a copy of The Primitives’ first album of new songs in humpteen years.

Until then he had almost given up hope of hearing pure pop again, then The Fireworks’  Switch Me On (Shelflife records) was dropped in the mailbox by a hard-working postie due to become redundant any day now. Damn you technology. And corporate greed.

They clearly have a record collection devoted to jangly guitar bands stretching from The Byrds through to the Bobby McGee’s, and like all the best shambling bands take the best of garage punk and the very worst of The Osmonds.

They know how to hit the guitar strings hard, and do with some oomph on the opening two tracks, With My Heart and Runaround. I fret at the pace of this album, as I’ll be out of breathe by track six if this continues. But on Let You Know, the Fireworks become a sparkler; it’s a fantastically melodic, short track that, like the Prims, is a belter with its heartfelt, plaintive vocals and tidy drumming. It’s full of summer, and a summer spent on the beach getting a tan and watching the love of your life waltz by.

A great aspect of this London four-piece is the alternating girl-boy vocal interchange. Matthew Rimell takes charge of the mic on Let You Know, and Which Way To Go, which with its chainsaw fuzz-drenched feedback and distortion pedals is somewhat reminiscent of early Jesus and Mary Chain. Elsewhere Emma Hall takes charge. This egalitarian method works perfectly with both having different attitudes toward singing.

Switch Me On is my end-of-winter upper, a fantastically unpretentious, superfast with slower bits, dreamy pop supersized album. Play loud. Anyone remember the Shop Assistants?


Fireworks at Innocent Words

London and Brighton, UK

Members and Instruments:
Matthew Rimell – vocals & guitar
Emma Hall – vocals, tambourine, guitar
Isabel Albiol – bass
Shaun Charman – drums & additional guitar on the album

Short Bio (in your own words):
A muck about rehearsal, a couple of songs were enough to start The Fireworks. After a disastrous start with a sound engineer who promised the earth and then couldn’t get us – at all – we finally committed to a first ep 7″ single in 2013 and gigs around the UK. The first single was very
well received mainly by blogs and independent radio stations. Shaun joined in October 2013, and we continued to gig around the UK and Germany, leading to our second 7″ single – Runaround – which also received very favourable reviews as ‘single of the year’- by A Layer Of Chips and

This year has meant working on the album, getting the songs ready, recording and getting the sound right, which has to be put in the right hands, or forget it. Same as our art work really, which is done by the mightily talented Andy Hart. After a few (possibly) idiosyncratic, jumbled
ideas, he gets it, and always comes up with something truly spectacular and defining for the songs’ thoughts and ideas. The album ‘Switch Me On’ was created during the Summer of 2014 and has already created lots of anticipated excitement with Rough Trade. We’re very pleased with their
write up: “There will be no better indie pop album in 2015.”

What’s your favorite hometown spot (restaurant, bar, coffee house, etc) that you visit when you return home from tour?
We are all quite keen on food, so I guess a trip to a nice Indian Restaurant will always do the trick.

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