Three words will make your mind up on Calgary and their new ‘Fight Fire With Fire’ EP: ‘blues’, ‘indie’ and ‘pop’. Yeah, thought as much. This is pretty much music for mums.
For a record released so deep into the cold void of winter, it’s all very bright and cheerful, with bluesy guitar licks, pleasantly grooving basslines (‘pleasant’ being probably the best way to sum this band up, actually) and upbeat drumming providing the backdrop to Jakob Deist Oelofse‘s almost-too-sugary vocals.
There really isn’t a problem with the musicianship at all, honestly, it’s just that it all ends up being so tedious. Yeah, cool, you can put a few chords together and croon a bit about ‘warm bodies pressed against each other’, but who (under the age of forty) genuinely cares, guys? This might all seem a bit harsh and closed minded, but it’s a review of a blues-pop band on a rock/metal site; what did you expect?
All in all, though, Calgary are not a ‘bad’ band, just a completely uninteresting one who play music that will probably end up soundtracking a million and one ‘hold’ playlists at your local BT call centre. Still, if you’re looking for a birthday present for your auntie, she’ll probably like this.
Written by Ryan De Freitas