Fear no Fish – Now or Never
- Review by Adrian Brown
Fear no Fish are a band
that are 10 years into their career but have strangely
released very little in the way of recordings until last
year when they released a single called “Stay” which
reached number 1 in the unsigned chart and held this
position for 3 weeks, hanging around in the top 40 for
11 weeks!. Now things are suddenly starting to happen
for the band. The single gained them a place at the “In
The City Songwriting Collective’s songwriting session”
and in the same year they won the Liberty Radio UK
Battle of the Bands and reached the final of JAR Music’s
2010 International Breakout Music Festival Final at the
Islington 02 Academy.
Now they are into their
recording swing they have cut a new EP entitled “Now or
Never” and after 10 years it probably is now or never
for them to make a name for themselves. I must admit
to being a fan of music that doesn’t rely on mad effects
or gimmicks and that’s exactly what they have produced.
This is a set of five very likable guitar driven indie
rock songs that are well written and well constructed.
The opening track “Stay”
rattles along at a high energy but somehow atmospheric
pace followed “Mick –e Bubbles” which keeps the energy
flowing with a stabby Futurheadsish rhythm, although
singer / guitarist Chris Ransome’s vocals are lacking a
little in power on this track. Not so on the rest of
the EP though, especially on later tracks.
“Paint by Numbers” has some
vaguely SOAD like guitar work in places and some
interesting drum work by Rob Walker but it’s the last
two tracks that do it for me. There is a liveliness and
vigor that is maybe lacking in earlier songs.
“The Truth” with its Foo
Fighters driving rhythm has some nice bass work by Mike
Ransome backed with creative drumming from Rob and the
final track “Broken” is by far and away the best track
on the EP. It starts slightly disappointingly with a
vocal line that sounds way too similar to the majority
of the mediocre skater boy rubbish but when the band
kicks in it immediately fits and all visions of spotty
boarding dudes vanish and the prog rock fan in me starts
to really listen, especially in the guitar solo when
memories of Extreme, early Rush and even Yes come
flooding back as these influences are effortlessly woven
into their very en vogue indie rock sound.
All in all there is much to
like on this EP. How it will stand up against the likes
of Biffy Clyro and the Foo Fighters is up for debate
though. Sound wise Fear no Fish’s time is now but I
think other bands may have pipped them to the post.