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Burn the Fleet – River Song

May 4, 2011 by  

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Burn the Fleet – River Song

NAME: Burn the Fleet
SINGLE: River Song
DATE: 9May2011

LABEL: Walnut Tree Records

RATING: 3/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Talented artists, though slightly uninspiring.

LOCATION: Southampton, UK

LINE UP: Jack Spurway (guitar), Andrew Convey (vocals/bass), James Swabey (guitar), Dan Northover (drums).

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WHAT’S THE STORY?: Coming off the back of the well-received single ‘Black Holes’ are Burn the Fleet, a Southampton-based outfit looking to follow in the footsteps of Alexis on Fire – so much so that they even cover ‘Happiness by the Kilowatt’ on this single release. Covers are covers, anyway (even though theirs is, admittedly, pretty good), so let’s focus on their own work with new release ‘River Song’.

It’s not bad, to be honest. While the band’s PR uses the same old phrases associated with rock outfits of this ilk (“melodic hooks”; “raw power”; sigh), the song doesn’t really fulfil any of them. It’s not as if they’re not talented; they just seem to follow the same old formula when you listen to ‘River Song’ the first few times: quiet-ish lead-in, repetitive guitar-laden power chorus, melodic breakdown, power chorus, etc.

Actually, that’s a little harsh. The song’s layering is pretty damn impressive and it really accentuates individual talent, even if the vocals could be attributed to one of ten other lead singers (though this doesn’t make it a bad thing, necessarily). The drums are simple yet effective; the guitars eek in and out when needed; and the bass remains resolute but complementary.

Something a bit different would be nicer, though. Burn the Fleet don’t have a stadium sound, though they could definitely light up smaller arenas and win over a few fans. An up-tempo offering could be a good opportunity to put their skills into action, though with ‘River Song’, they’re not quite as unique as they may deserve to be.

SOUNDS LIKE: A lesser-known song from a better-known rock band. Name one; there are traits in this song that could complement most.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF: You like genuine talent from the UK. It’s not mind-blowing, but it’s definitely working towards something a little more special.

LINK: http://www.myspace.com/burnthefleetband


Submitted By Matt Gardner


 

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