WE REVIEW THE NEW SINGLE FROM SET THE FIRE – IT’S HISTORY
Set The Fire has entered the fold of the indie world with their debut single It’s History.
The Nottingham-based four-piece takes inspiration from anthemic veterans like Biffy Clyro and The Killers. The group provides a healthy balance between melody and stadium-esc choruses infusing classic indie writing of times gone by.
The group has capitalised on their work in previous projects to utilise energetic riffs and chorus lyrics that grasp your singing voice instantly. From the get-go, the track bops back and forth with a cymbal and snare combo and a delightful lead guitar riff.
Whilst the drums continue at their pace, the guitars take a step back with subtle notes, providing room for the bass to capture the rhythms. The chorus has no idea what subtly is though as it’s the true selling point of the track.
The vocal harmonies and larger-than-life guitar chords are the excitement the verse wants you to get ready for. There’s an aura around the vocals that swims perfectly with the climbing lead guitar riffs and crashing of cymbals.
The closing moments of the track with the continuation of the chorus add a larger anthemic premise with more vocal additions. In a sense you don’t want this chorus to end as for this reviewer, it is certainly one of the best I’ve heard from an indie band this year. However, we are treated to that delightful intro riff with sugary sweet lead tones. It’s the perfect moment to hit the play button again.
Whilst the vocals feature elements of the bands aforementioned and certainly capture indie rock of the 00s they still feel different. This is in the sense that they take a step away from indie rock vocal cliches. Set The Fire is certainly not desperate to impersonate anyone which is an Achilles heel in indie rock these days. Frontman Tom Chambers’ voice is a breath of fresh air and makes you want to listen to the track.