Fighting Fiction
Fighting Fiction


3.5
great

Review

by Ali CONTRIBUTOR (130 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2012 | 6 replies | 2,205 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A flawed yet thoroughly enjoyable debut outing.

With such a multitude of bizarre sounds and obscure genres prevalent in music nowadays, it can occasionally be refreshing to hear a band that revels in simplicity. With nay an innovative bone in their body, Fighting Fiction exemplify this approach to making music, but to this point their lack of creative expansion hasn't proved prohibitive in the slightest. They don't bother indulging in any forms of self-serving pretense or outlandish experimentation, they merely play the type of anthemic, heart-on-sleeve punk rock that they've presumably grown up enjoying, and for the most part it's a pretty great proposition for the rest of us too. Repeatedly delayed, yet no less welcome, this debut full-length provides an engrossing showcase of that back-to-basics ethic, and with a little luck could see the Brighton quartet become a big hit among those who share their ideology.

Kicking off with the feverish one-two punch of 'Amazing Grace' and 'Rock And Roll Is Dead And Its Corpse Is For Sale,' Fighting Fiction wastes no time in placing it's cards on the table, setting out in the same direct aggressive manner that initially got them noticed. Recalling the no thrills ethos of The Clash, as well as the earnest everyman appeal of Frank Turner, the duo succeed no end in delivering a purposeful, and above all thrilling beginning to proceedings, and there's plenty more where they came from. The likes of 'Growing Heroes' and 'Cameraphones & Choruses,' for instance, possess similar ounces of thrust and are no less entertaining, while even slightly lesser numbers such as 'Make Yourself A Martyr' get by through sheer belligerence. It's nothing new, and it's certainly nothing flash, but the vast majority of their debut sees the band execute their trade with plenty of success.

With such limited ambitions, it's ironic that this record's finest moment is also the only point at which it shows any desire for variety. Ever since Strummer & co. opened the doors on London Calling, it's become something of a cliche for punk bands to incorporate elements of reggae into their music, but in the case of 'No Room At The Inn' the transition sounds completely natural. It's nothing earth shattering, and is by no means one of the best songs lyrically, but the confidence and apparent ease with which they pull it off is impressive nonetheless.

As you may have guessed from the tone, Fighting Fiction is a debut that's solid rather than spectacular, and while their hearts are without doubt in the right place there can be little argument that their sound has its limitations. As well as the obvious issues with diversity, something that's occasionally noticeable is a lack of any real muscle from the four-piece. One or two of these songs could do with a little fleshing out, and although that should come in time as they inevitably grow as musicians, it is for now a factor that obstructs their path towards true excellence. With this in mind, it's curious that they've chosen to omit early single 'We Will Not Forget' - arguably their strongest song, if not from a musical perspective then certainly from a songwriting one. Such cracks do unfortunately prevent this debut from being an entirely fulfilling experience, yet the prospect of future brilliance is a compelling one, and although it hasn't quite reared its head, Fighting Fiction can sleep well in the knowledge that they've given themselves a sound base from which to build.



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AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 22nd 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also posted at http://www.muzikdizcovery.com/

Album was streamed on monday. It's up on spotify now for anyone interested - worth a listen!


mitch91
February 23rd 2012



409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really good to see this reviewed here, and well too.

I'm looking forward to listening to this, they're one of my favourite UK bands at the moment. RE We Will Not Forget, that song is overtly about Gordon Brown/the last Labour government, so lyrically it would be out of place and time I guess.

Digging: Bry Webb - Free Will

iFghtffyrdmns
February 23rd 2012



7047 Comments


With nay an innovative bone in their body

backhand insult of the year nice


It's should be Its in that song title and when you mention it in the review


As you may have guessed from the tone of this review

I always find meta-elements in any review to be distracting - you could honestly just get rid of this little phrase and that sentence would be just fine.


reared it's head
its* what are you british or something?


solid review nonetheless. i'm intrigued.

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
February 23rd 2012



7313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@mitch: Thanks. I didn't actually know that re:We Will Not Forget. At first I thought it was madness leaving it out but the songs did make it certainly grew on me.

@Eric: If only I could blame my lack of comprehension as to what is and isn't possessive on nationality! Fixed.

It's worth a go, like I said they're far from being the complete package yet, but the Frank Turner similarities are pretty clear.

joec101
February 23rd 2012



4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

saw these guys last night and picked up a copy of this, their live show makes these songs punch a little harder than on record, but I enjoyed the album rather a lot nevertheless!

mitch91
March 1st 2012



409 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

After a few listens I can definitely see where your coming from in this review, and I think it shows real potential. I'm hovering between a 3.5 and 4 at the moment.



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