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Reviewed on 25th January 2007.


Re:Invent the scene

By Armstrong

With a veritable army of fans in tow at every turn, and the whispers surrounding their live performances starting to gain volume, I was a little giddy and had very high hopes for this single.

As we all know though, life can sometimes be a bitch.

It all starts to fall apart on the press release, during a paragraph describing the "fuss" enveloping their gigs. When, and I choke even quoting this "as well as shows where Brit rock heroes Fightstar, among others, came to find out what the buzz was about". Brit rock heroes, are you having a feckin' laugh? Heroes to who? My neighbours' 13-year-old daughter who doesn't quiet want to tear the Busted posters off her wall yet?

Now, some might say I am being a tit here, but press releases are part of my review, part of my research. If a band doesn't want me to comment on it, don't bloody include it. And for God's sake budding Musos, do not put shite blasť comments like that in them. Rant over.

But sadly it isn't, as any hope I had that the music was going to speak for itself and shatter any pre-conceived notions I had about these guys goes up in flames within about 5 minutes. It really, simply, just isn't that good.

I don't know, maybe a watered down Lost Prophets is the best place to pitch them. All the ingredients of some serious stadium rock are there; loud guitars, thumping bass, and chaotic lead vocals, but it all kind of leads you down a path to nowhere. The right recipe, but lacking in an exciting, vibrant end product. Title track "Re:Invent the scene" is all very dull and uninspired, even with me willing it on it never shifts out of neutral.

Ok, I'm going to stop, as I am mighty confused now. For I really wanted this to be ace, honestly I did. Their live reputation may hold a torch to all that is good in rock at the moment but for some reason this just hasn't translated onto record. Maybe it's the production; maybe it's the energy that just doesn't travel. Or maybe, and forgive me in advance, is it possible that Armstrong have hoodwinked people into believing loud guitars and screaming vocals automatically make a decent rock band? And looking back, if "Brit rock heroes" is the lofty tag they have placed on Fightstar, then any aspirations they have must be pretty damn low anyway.



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On 26th January 2007 at 12:42 Anonymous 5940 wrote...

Dear Danny,

Thank you for the review. It's a shame you didn't enjoy it.

If you wanna come see us at The Cockpit on the 18th Feb, just let me know and i'll stick you on the guestlist.

All the best,


*Armstrong - www.ArmstrongRock.com


On 26th January 2007 at 12:44 Anonymous 4015 wrote...

"some might say I am been a tit here"

What, people who can't fucking spell?


On 26th January 2007 at 12:49 Dave LMS wrote...



On 26th January 2007 at 16:57 Anonymous 1205 wrote...

Tim - fair play mate. Let me check the date and I might well take you up on that kind offer.

Lewis D - I am sorri I affended you with my bad spelin. Blody txt messging and chat room tlk has ruined me. Plse allow me 2 apolagise. LOL

Dave- Thanks




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ARMSTRONG, described by Kerrang! Magazine as "A Tornado of Infectious Pop-Rock Melodies", have cemented themselves as one of the most exciting bands in the UK thanks to a thrilling live show and chart success.


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