SINGLE REVIEW: FIRESTATIONS – ‘TRAVEL TROUBLE’

There is a tension running through ‘Travel Trouble’, the new single from Firestations, as it is tethered to a biting guitar riff and metronomic drums, propelled along like a monorail on fire. A sweet psychedelic tune and dreamlike harmonies are suspended over a thunderous backing of gritty guitars that get swept up in phased hurricane wig out towards the end. It announces the forthcoming album like a rumble of thunder announces a storm.

The reason for this barely contained rage is explained by band member Michael Cranny who says of the track “It’s impossible to avoid the ramping up of the ‘hostile environment’ rhetoric from the Tories right now. This, juxtaposed with privileged people getting disproportionately annoyed with minor inconveniences in their everyday lives, can be very depressing. Here in England, we need much more compassion, with an understanding that, on a very basic level, it’s a complete accident where you’re born and the circumstances you find yourself in.”

‘Travel Trouble’ is taken from the forthcoming album Thick Terrain which is released on 14 July by one of the best labels around, Lost Map. It will also be available as a limited edition vinyl version.

WED, JUL 12 @ THE CRESCENT, YORK (w/ L.T. LEIF + PICTISH TRAIL)
SAT, JUL 15 @ LOST MAP’S SUMMER PARTY, SHACKLEWELL ARMS, LONDON  (w/ LOST MAP PRESENTS: WEIRD WAVE, MARTHA FFION, FELL, PICTISH TRAIL) [TICKETS]

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Review by Paul F Cook

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