NINE MILE BURN
Length: 13:21 (min:secs)
Eagerly seized by Dante Bonutto’s Infernal label, the Harpenden rock
band Firstborn unleash their debut four
song EP - entitled “The Face In The Frame” - onto the unsuspecting
public. With respected names like Dan Weller (Sikth) and Mary Anne
Hobbs (BBC R1) backing their cause and with their music offering an
inspirational change from the norm, it will be interesting to see how well
they go down with the punters.
They play a very mature style of emotionally charged rock - but it’s nothing like your typical emo - it’s smooth, sophisticated and classy, resulting in a stylish spat between indie and traditional AOR. The magic takes place with the crafting of melody and harmonies in both music and vocals, with a captivating deftness that creates an ear friendly buzz and soulful thrust into your intellect and spirit.
“Nine Mile Burn” is fairly indicative of their style which is often reminiscent of LIVE, “Last Week” is a sweet and expressively poignant song with tons of melody - the hook of which is incredibly catchy and engrossingly enjoyable to listen too. “The Picture Perfect Myth” picks up the pace and injects a little more power before “One Deed” switches back to the captivating vocals of Simon Jack interchanging with enchanting guitars to die for.
This is a very professional and well produced package from a band that suggests there is plenty more to come. They hold true to many of rock's 'traditional qualities' such as using melodic singing to bring a song together and create a memorable tune and where the guitars don’t just rely on aggression but compliment with elegance and detail. Firstborn would almost certainly do very well if they were an American band in the American market - how well they will do as a British band in Europe remains to be seen - but if they don’t at least conquer the hearts and minds of millions along the way, then there just isn’t any justice in this fickle old world…
- Rigsby (10th