ALBUM: Fireworks – Oh, Common Life

Release Date: March 25th, 2014
Label: Triple Crown Records


Building on their already established position in the music scene, punk rock five-piece Fireworks have followed up their previous release ‘Gospel’ with new full-length record, ‘Oh, Common Life’. It sees the band making strong, cohesive performances over very well written tracks, not relying on heavy instrumental performances thus allowing the vocals and storytelling lyrics to shine through.

Opening track, ‘Glowing Cross’, sees Fireworks at their heaviest, making a strong start and getting the listener invested in the record. They then move on to some more melodic tracks in the form of ‘The Back Window’s Down’ and ‘The Sound Of Young America’ with frontman David Mackinder‘s voice soaring over the less powerful background.

A strong feature of this record is the vivid pictures that are painted with the band’s emotive lyrics on tracks such as ‘One More Creature Dizzy With Love’ and prime example ‘Bed Sores’, featuring the line “Maybe my brother’s blood / Dripped on me from the top bunk” really creating a powerful image. Fireworks do return to their rock sound occasionally on the likes of ‘Flies On Tape’ and ‘The Only Thing That Haunts This House Is Me’, though it’s a more radio-friendly sound than fans might expect but it works very well.

‘Oh, Common Life’ is a great release from Fireworks. They stand out from the crowd thanks to their more relaxed approach to rock music. Being more technical instrumentally works well for this band rather than trying to create a wall of noise. This approach also suits Mackinder‘s voice well, showing the band at their best. If they continue to make music of this calibre, then there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be a bright future ahead of these guys.

Written by Jonathon Barlow