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Flashfires


Flashfires

Hampshire’s Flashfires release Quicker Than The Eye on June 19th. It’s the 4th single from the current self titled e.p – which is available now. It follows Circus Boy, Champagne on Mars and Cezanne.

Alex Gonzato says: “Quicker Than The Eye” is a tale of star crossed lovers, wrapped in their own cocktail of passion and lust. Driving their belief that this rush will last forever, unaware of how quickly things can change in a blink of an eye.

The theme of the song had already started to form before entering the studio, but it really came to life when producer Brian Wheat came onboard”.

Having already supported the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Subways and Ash, it’s clear that Flashfires are already making all the right moves.

Able to count the likes of Huw Stephens and Jo Whiley as supporters, the Winchester – based four-piece are turning heads wherever they go.

That, however, should come as little surprise to anyone that’s familiar with the band’s razor-sharp riffs, funk-fuelled rhythm section and idiosyncratic vocal delivery.

With previous single ‘Manshark’ grabbing the attention of the aforementioned Huw Stephens, while establishing Flashfires trademark aesthetic: classic rock aesthetic kicking and screaming into the contemporary, disregarding any of the pomp with which the genre was once synonymous.

Circus Boy felt like a statement of intent from a band on the cusp of big things, their eponymous EP from which it’s taken feels more like an aphorism, a bold insight into what it means to be a 21st Century rock band.

Far from a one-trick pony however, Flashfires strikes a delicate balance between self-restraint and unashamed bombast. The likes of the aforementioned ‘Circus Boy’ or the penultimate ‘Cezanne’ manage to harness the band’s inherent raw power, appealing to fans of both alternative rock while retaining an understated indie edge.

Elsewhere, however, the likes of ‘Champagne On Mars’ or final offering ‘Life’s Cruel Line’ provide present a more melodic side to the band, allowing lead singer Alex Gonzato the chance to let his effortless vocals soar all the while showcasing the diversity which lies at the very core of what Flashfires stand for. (Scruff of the Neck)

For Fans Of: Foo Fighters, The Strokes & The Struts.

Members:

Alexander Gonzato – Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Fraser Roskilly – Lead Guitar and Bass
Jonathan Cullis – Rhythm Guitar
Toby Bartlett – Drums, Percussion and Piano

“The band obviously has exceptional talent in writing great rock songs and stand out for me was ‘Circus Boy’ and the beautiful ‘Champagne on Mars.’ A super set from the boys”. GLOBAL MEDIA @ 02 SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE

Flashfires – Quicker Than The Eye

Flashfires – Cezanne

Flashfires – Champagne On Mars

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