REVIEW: Red Seas Fire - Exposition
It appears that this is the first blog post from us at BTM in a loooong time! So what better way to get back into the swing of things than with a review of the latest record from scene stalwarts Red Seas Fire. Enjoy!
Red Seas Fire - Exposition
1 - Fortress
2 - Turner & Hooch
3 - Of Motion
4 - A Life We Used To Know
Despite being involved in the same small town local scene “back in the day”, surprisingly mine and Pete Graves’ paths never really crossed. I think we were perhaps involved at slightly different times, and our involvement overlapped only briefly - through the mists of time my memory of it all is now a little hazy! Although I did see his bands a couple of times, and I expect he maybe saw my band a couple of times too. So, from those days of playing in a questionable (I hope he won’t mind me saying that) screamo band and a completely batshit mental hardcore band, through popular youtube guitar videos, to the last few years with Red Seas Fire; it’s been an interesting musical progression.
Anyway, personal histories aside, this is a review goddamit, time to get to the point! Having started with an opening paragraph dedicated solely to Pete, it’s important to note that Red Seas Fire is far from the PeteyG show. The rest of the band are clearly hugely accomplished musicians, and this is very much demonstrated on Exposition - the first of a series of EPs the band will put out over the course of this year. I for one am a big fan of EPs, so the concept gets the thumbs up from me!
And that folks, is how you waste your entire self-imposed word count not even talking about the music contained on a record. Time to stick it to the man (even though, in this instance, the man is, in fact, me) and say, to hell with the word count…onwards!
So, what of the music? Well, a number of changes have occurred since the last RSF record – namely the departure of guitarist Adam “Nolly” Getgood and the arrival of drummer Jake Fogarty to replace their previous sticksman. And with this changed line-up come some musical changes. Whilst this is still very definitely Red Seas Fire, the music has become slightly simpler, but has maintained the same level of groove and heaviness – there are plenty of moments here where I’ve been getting some serious desk mosh on.
And while for the most part, this is most definitely a heavy EP, it differs from their previous output with parts that represent a complete departure from anything even remotely heavy - the stunning track Of Motion is undoubtedly vocalist Robin’s finest moment. Doubtless they will receive some criticism from the less open minded areas of the scene, but I’m sure they’ll remain unabashed in the face of this, and will hopefully continue to exlore this softer side in future releases.
If you’ve made it this far, well done. And so to sum up for you, and as an overview for the tl;dr brigade, this is a decent EP, with some ace groove-a-licious-desk-mosh parts and pleasantly surprising non-heavy moments. It’s with great interest that I await the next one – Confrontation, around which time you may find me rambling on about this band once more.