Fresh off the back of their previous release, Bowie-esque ballad “Champagne on Mars” Flashfires return with their trademark guitar-led sound in the form of catchy rock banger “Cezanne”. The band have enjoyed huge radio success with the first 2 singles from the e.p. including BBC Introducing, BBC Radio Wales, Kerrang! Radio and Sirius XM – a testament to the quality of their songwriting. Their latest offering begins with a dark, moody verse before exploding into the kind energetic chorus for which the band have become celebrated. With Cezanne, Flashfires deliver another huge single that is sure to be an earworm for any rock fan.
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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, Janice Long and Jo Whiley as supporters, the London-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 their 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.
Their single, Circus Boy (released Jan 10th) 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 their previous single ‘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)
On the track, Alex says: “Cezanne was actually written when I was at school and had been sent out of my French class. I wrote it in the corridor outside the lesson and ended up performing it at school in assembly afterwards. It was written around the time I really got into the Red Hot Chili Peppers as I loved the simplicity of John Frusciante’s guitar playing”.
Cezanne is out now. The Flashfires e.p is released on April 17th 2020.
Alexander Gonzato – Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
Fraser Roskilly – Lead Guitar and Bass
Jonathan Cullis – Rhythm Guitar
Toby Bartlett – Drums, Percussion and Piano