By Fire Engines
It comes as little surprise that with the current trend in popular music of post-punk and new wave revivalist bands that the antecedents of what is now meaninglessly called "indie" are starting to get back into the act. Fire Engines are one such example and stack themselves alongside Josef K and Orange Juice as important members of the original post-punk scene. Having been hailed as an influence of Franz Ferdinand and reforming to open for them on a recent tour, Fire Engines have now released their first album since 1981. The single, Discord, is a heady exercise in layered repetitious simplicity with suitably discordant moments and slurred incomprehensible vocals with the post-punk, angular, but not aggressive guitar and distant sounding production.
The song itself isn't too bad and despite its repetitiveness or perhaps because of it, you're initially drawn in, however after a few more listenens it loses much of its appeal and becomes a little bland. The B-side, CandySkin, is one of those irritating pop songs that you don't really like, but is just so damn catchy that it gets stuck in your head and tricks you into thinking you might actually like it. Overall, it just sounds too dated to have been released in 2006 and shows little progression or difference from their 80s contemporaries.