By Flood Of Red
As a precursor to their debut full-length 'Leaving Everything Behind,' Flood Of Red release 'Here, Run (1997).'
Heaped with sharp, swirling riffs and glimmering chords, 'Here, Run (1997)' is rock with a desperate, grasping edge that just may see this song bothering your heart strings. Underpinned by jangly drumbeats, 'Here, Run (1997)' is emotional rock that's energetic and dramatic, rather than depressingly maudlin, although Flood Of Red do stray a little close to gloomy territory with the bridge section. Stripping the song down to lullaby-like chimes and the occasional twinkly chord, musically it's a rude return to Earth. There's also something vaguely irritating about frontman Jordan Spiers's exaggeratedly tentative vocals. However, when Flood Of Red bring in the thumping drums and soaring guitars in a desperate finale, it's impossible not to get swept along for the ride.
'Home, Run (1997)' is urgent, emotional rock in a non-too dissimilar vein to Taking Back Sunday's anthemic ballads. And, even though you may lose interest during that mid-song slump, 'Home, Run (1997)' will have you hook, line and sinker with its closing thirty seconds.