Brighton based punk outfit Fighting Fiction champion a dynamic sound which consists of candid lyricism that packs a punch when it comes to their storytelling song writing style. It’s no surprise then to find that the band’s sophomore effort, ‘The Long And Short Of It’, still contains forthright lyricism and socially aware commentary.
Opening on a more sentimental note, ‘Service Station Blues’ sees the band tell the story of a man (or woman, it’s not quite clear) longing to be with his or her partner. What’s interesting is that the track begins what seems to be a cleverly composed tracklist. A track-by-track flow that, initially, seems ineffective with its all too familiar chord progressions and seemingly monotone vibe, until ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ throws the album on its head.
Long before ‘Rebel Without A Cause’ knocks the listener back with its hard-hitting tale, it’s almost as though the LP has been waiting for this precise moment, as though it was all planned to strike at the right moment. The acoustic-lead track is, without doubt, the most prevalent and striking track on this album. It documents the band’s lyricism at its finest, telling the tale of Jimmy, a man who is struggling in life. The song initially portrays Jimmy as someone to offer sympathy to; until it turns out he advocates domestic violence and blames everyone but himself. The track is probably best executed in the line, “He doesn’t know what he stands for, but he knows what he hates”.
Though Fighting Fiction hit the nail on the head with such tracks as ‘A Rebel Without A Cause’, ‘A Common Enemy’ and ‘Casey Jones, Union Scab’, it could be argued that the band leave it rather late to hit home. However, for the tracks which may pass by unnoticed, such as ‘All In The Delivery’ and ‘Smiling Through Gritted Teeth’, there’s more than enough to be made up for from track seven onwards.
All in all, ‘The Long And Short Of It’ demonstrates precisely how, even with a minor record label, a name that is yet to become common knowledge, music is all in the heart of the guys who are playing it. Fighting Fiction take a route in song writing with candid lyricism and social knowledge, mix it with punk rock musicianship and use to hit home some of those experiences that you’re succumb to everyday but just haven’t had the time to write down for yourself.
Written by Calv Robinson (@Calvparty)