For several months, Berkshire rockers StreetfightSilence have been quiet on the scene whilst working on their debut full length to be released on December 1st. Lyrically, the record works through what the band have been going through for the past year, giving off a very “anything is possible” vibe. The four-piece have also released the first of the fourteen tracks with B-Sides as an EP, ahead of the full release.
There is a certain solidity in this record; it’s isn’t excessively samey, it has nice intricate touches that set it apart from the usual style of the same genre, and the vocal work is highly distinct, However, this doesn’t make up for the number of cliches that the band trip up on, ones all non-too-infrequent within a debut record and therefore more forgivable, but it does result in a dampened end product.
Opening with a title track, there’s a slight lack of togetherness that one would hope for to set the mood of the release, instead having the track only come into its own once the vocal work took hold of it. There are cliches in the lyrics which proves to be the major downfall of the album, and unfortunately a rather unavoidable one; it’s the only aspect of the record which feels uninspired and whilst, yes, there are moments in certain songs that stand out for their originality, they don’t overrule the piece.
Hope holds one of the more interesting openings, and touches on the softer, more electronic side of the tracks, with a delicate touch. Sadly Broken shifts back to the cliches with a moment of silence breaking up the track before Between The Lines picks up of the organic fibres the band boast; if this song had a little more power behind the music, it’s been an overwhelming stand-out track. Even the title of Water Underneath The Bridge falls into a bit of a stereotypical manner, before the standard token growing up track – Days Of Old.
Seasons has the soft sentimentality and delicacy suited to a closing track, and with the vocal talented highlighted in this, it’s a huge stand-out piece, with Oceans staying in the same vein of a fresh sound. Despite being more built up, there’s a similar blossom of imagination in the song, and the vocal work truly leads the music through, very much as a party track. The final promising track off the record is Born and Raised, soaring vocals and a massive pace making for a track to start pits to.
Unfortunately, the rest of the record descends into a bundle of cliches, and closing Fortress feels particularly obscure, with a lengthy intro not suiting a finale.
While there are moments of fine glory on the record, overall it feels as though it was created too soon, that another year of lyric writing would’ve perfected a very promising piece.