EP REVIEW: Firestarter - “New Beginnings”
The intro grabs you with its hard-to-forget guitar work and blunt lyrics, and leads perfectly into 49 Stow. The band’s in full effect early on, and from the first listen it’s clear they know what they’re doing. Aside from the vocals, which to me could’ve been a tad louder, the whole release is pretty damn good. Songs like Myrtle Ave are the type most pop punk fans of today die for, complete with basement references and a fetching chorus. Firestarter plays quick, and obviously so with only one song eclipsing the 3-minute mark. You could say there isn’t much variety here, but for only four full songs this is more than just another mediocre release. They have a good blend of styles that should appeal to a variety of audiences in the punk world.
Worth My Time doesn’t break barriers of originality, but sounds like the band is more than comfortable playing together and still shines. The final song, Three Years, is a beautifully-crafted jam that holds up well with the other standout Myrtle Ave. It slows the pace just enough for a last track, but has a climax that will leave most yearning for more.
New Beginnings is the beginning of something very exciting with Firestarter. It’s easy to see them latching onto bigger tours and securing a fanbase in 2013. Hopefully a full-length isn’t too far off, but until then this EP is the perfect dish to serve your friends who are looking for new tastes.
Reviewer Score: B
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