|Fireroad - 'I Got Sound' (Habit Formed Records)|
|Written by Jamie Richards|
|Saturday, 05 January 2013 03:00|
Founder and leader of Fireroad, Richard Jones, has made no secret of his dim and distant history with a certain band that exploded out of South Wales back in the late nineties and went on to become one of the biggest selling rock acts of the modern age.
Yeah, Richard was a member of the Stereophonics, or at least the fledgling version of the band when they were known as Tragic Love Company. He left to pursue other avenues just prior to his mates going off on a life changing adventure; on the plus side though, at least he had nothing to do with that cover version of the nauseating housewife favourite 'Handbags and Gladrags'.
Fast forward then to 2012 and after many a year of nurturing his obvious talent, Richard’s eyes and dreams have been re-opened by a pleasant encounter with his old pal and former band mate Kelly Jones, that has led him to form a new version of his occasional band Fireroad, sign a deal with Welsh independent label Habit Formed Records, and record what is quite honestly one of the most enjoyable experiences you could ever hope for from a CD.
'I Got Sound' and 'Find A Way' kick off proceedings, both crackling with catchy, understated riffs that interlock neatly with stadia sized choruses and foot tapping beats; imagine if AC/DC had replaced Bon Scott with Bruce Springsteen instead of Brian Johnson and you’ll be near the mark. 'Leave My Heart' threatens to slow the party down before blossoming into a smooth, infectious anthem and 'Line Me Up' is home to yet another huge sing-along chorus that could easily get the attention of a million people.
The album pauses for breath with the slower paced 'Before the Matinee', another hugely melodic song, Jones again displaying his impressive song writing skills as he manages to keep it more Springsteen than Bryan Adams, thankfully. The rock ‘n’ roll ear worms just keep coming at you relentlessly, and the likes of 'Sundown' and 'Swinging Brick' giving the record a little bit of a harder edge at times and, with only the ballad 'Rain Water' dropping below par a little as it closes out the record, it makes for a very impressive debut.
Made in South Wales yet inspired by the golden age of American FM rock radio, 'I Got Sound' is a record of such enormous potential for Fireroad that it’s easy to see why all parties concerned are so excited about it.