Flashfires have released their new single titled ‘Quicker Than The Eye’. Speaking as a primary rock musician, I can honestly say that this song is multi-layered and infectious in so many ways. There is that solid guitar that chugs the song along with power, but the little things between those glorious cracks are what really hit you. The start-go-stop-start-hook formula that was hashed out for the flow of ‘Quicker Than The Eye’ gives the song that personality that demands a second-third-fourth listen. Flashfires is a band meant for the stadium the nanosecond this pandemic is over. Mark my words.
About Flashfires & ‘Quicker Than The Eye’
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 and Jo Whiley as supporters, the Winchester – based four-piece are turning heads wherever they go. That, however, should come an as little surprise to anyone that’s familiar with the band’s razor-sharp riffs, funk-fuelled rhythm section, and idiosyncratic vocal delivery.
With previous 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.
Circus Boy 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.
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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 ‘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)
Chris Straw from Bauer Radio says: “I like this best of all their tracks so far, it’s a killer driving hook. The vocal is great and there is some really good guitar work tucked away in the mix. A subtle modern twist on the traditional classic rock sound”.
Frontman Alex Gonzato says: “Quicker Than The Eye” is a tale of star crossed lovers, wrapped in their own cocktail of passion and lust. Driving their belief that this rush will last forever, unaware of how quickly things can change in a blink of an eye.
The theme of the song had already started to form before entering the studio, but it really came to life when producer Brian Wheat came onboard”.
- Alexander Gonzato – Lead Vocals & Acoustic Guitar
- Fraser Roskilly – Lead Guitar and Bass
- Jonathan Cullis – Rhythm Guitar
- Toby Bartlett – Drums, Percussion, and Piano