Falling Red - 'Shake The Faith' (Rocksector Records) Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 07:00

falling_red_600x600Been getting some good press lately have Falling Red so I thought I'd see what all this fuss was about. 


From the opening salvo of 'How You Feel (On Me)', you get the impression that Falling Red aren't messing around here. With a quick burst of drums and a riff dripping with attitude the colours are nailed to the mast with well constructed songs that definitely have at least one foot planted in LA circa '88.....but hold on a minute, these boys probably were nothing more than a twinkle in daddy's eye when Guns N' Roses burst onto the scene. They have sidestepped all the post grunge and nu metal noodlings and embraced the spirit of late 80's rock (the right kind of rock, I might add). 


Of the eight songs that make up 'Shake The Faith' you feel pulverized by the ferocity and rifforama of 'Thrive', 'Out Of Control', 'You Were Out To Get Me', and 'Sue You For Your Soul' but hey, hang on a minute, when I get to the end of the cd I feel there is definitely something left to hear from Falling Red. I'm not saying I didn't like it, but it is a little one-paced and perhaps I was waiting for a little light and shade in the songs.


In a genre that churns out bands seemingly every day and night, to stand out there needs to be that little something, that spark or that tiny bit of X factor (nah, not that X factor). 'Immoral Heights Of A Lowlife' is the stand out track and had a sparkling attitude that stomps "fuck you" all over the listener as it batters your senses and is indeed a real highpoint.


This is a good introduction to the band and I did get excited when I put it in the player and I'm pretty sure this isn't the last we'll be hearing from Falling Red. Songs like 'No Good, So Wrong, So Right' sound great but to truly blast you away there needs to be a little bit more. Will keep an eye out for future developments because there is potential in these grooves it's just that I want a little more to lift them up before I can champion them as leaders of a genre and not followers - I'm sure it is in them. If the next release is another little percentage more then these boys might just fly.