EP Review…. ‘Run Aground’.
I’ve been lucky enough to catch Lightfire live on several occassions over the past twelve months and with each and every gig that I’ve seen, these guys have always delivered a performance so loaded with energy that they simply draw you in and run away with ya! Unfortunately for them, having made such an impression live, means that I have an expectation for an equally high standard in their recorded material to match, so no pressure there for these guys then!
Their three track EP ‘Run Aground’ first hit the airwaves in February of this year and from the first few opening bars, the decadent guitar licks and pounding drum beats of ‘Ignorance’ were sheer bliss to these little ‘ole ears of mine. Trying to sit still whilst listening to this song is about as easy as not chewing a fruit pastille – you simply can’t do it! Second track of the EP ‘The System’ leads you straight on down that same path, being fast and enduring in it’s purpose and attitude, and once again, Lightfire have given us another mighty fine song that powers on from start to finish and succeeds in sweetly capturing the true worth of the band.
I have to say, I was expecting the third and final track ‘Time’ to continue in a similar vein, but instead I was met with a simple, yet stunningly beautiful, guitar melody that twisted and weaved into a dream like musical abyss and venturing into a style I’ve not heard from these guys before. Vocal maestro Scott Sieradski, tells the story with an equally emotive mindset and the whole experience and suprise of this song was a total show stopper for me.
Listening to this EP was an absolute pleasure and only served to raise the respect I have for this band and the great talent they possess, so I can highly recommend grabbing yourself a copy of this little gem!
Review by Sue Wardle