By Fi-Lo Radio
I've been impressed with Manchester three-piece Fi-Lo Radio ever since I stumbled across their 7" single "Pretty Bones"; and when they showed they could cut it live too - a gig at Josephs Well late 2001 saw Fi-Lo Radio win over a rocking Leeds crowd - I reckoned they'd be ones to watch in 2002. Finally, proving that first impressions are generally right, the band from the wrong side of the Pennines have released a quality EP "Skin Deep Demons". Not scared of taking the volume controls to 11, Fi-Lo Radio's four-track EP mixes the best of the last decade's alt.guitar sound with both pop and rock, providing killer tunes as well as classic rock moments. The guitars never remain still for long enough to be pinned down (or to get boring), a perfect complement to the intriguingly good, yet simplistic, bass lines. Drums are fantastic. "Everything Everybody" relates to both Suede and Ugly Kid Joe, no disrespect intended (though I'm sure they'd prefer the well-documented Husker Du meets Pixies reference) - whilst I'm still humming the final track "Half Dead" now... where do I know that melody from? A great song to end a great EP.