Leicester five-piece Our City Fires have been drip feeding song after song since their entry to the scene just a few years ago, and now they’ve got a block of material to deliver.
Their five-track EP, ‘Foundations’, marks their longest and most focused release to date, and, whist the band still have much to learn, it does acts as a solid platform for them to spring into the ever growing scene of alternative rock.
A strong drum beat, powerful riffs, and catchy lyrics – opening track ‘Had It All’ nearly does have it all. There’s a breakdown into a calmer more solemn section midway through, emphasising the emotional context of the track before bringing the noise back up. However, lead vocalist Danny Richardson could arguably use a bit more aggression or angst in his voice when singing about something like heartbreak.
‘You By Design’ follows a very similar structure, and this is where this EP starts to come undone; the music is fast and loud but repetitive, and the chorus in almost every song is sung in a polished no quite a shout level of volume.
‘Live A Lot’ plays much better into Our City Fires‘ current sound, and with its upbeat messaging in the lyrics and fast, fun pace it’s an uplifting feel. It’s an all round good vibe that you can dance and move along to whilst singing at the top of your lungs. A repetitive chorus structure really works here and rather than the sound of the song it’s the context of it that really separates this track from the rest of the EP, with all of its components blend together smoothly.
Though they may need a little bit of edge or spark, Our City Fires have developed an EP that gives them a strong first step in their careers, with a foundation already in progress that could see them develop into something substantial if they make the right moves.