Many people will have seen the video for Bombay Bicycle Club’s new single ‘Shuffle’ and noted the non-descript t-shirts in the video with the word ‘Flashguns’ blazed across the front of them. This is not some new Indie fashion label, before you start wondering where you can buy one from, but a selfless plug on behalf of some old touring buddies in an attempt to create some hype for their under anticipated debut album, ‘Passions Of A Different Kind.
Flashguns, a three piece based in London, have been around the block for some time. Mellowing beneath a crop of all firing Indie starlets such as the afore mention Bombay Bicycle Club, The Maccabees and Noah and The Whale without ever breaking into the midst of their peers and selling records themselves. Their debut is hook based Indie Rock/Pop of the highest order with an anthem around every corner, which will hopefully buck the trend of them being the under-hyped sideshow.
Starting out as teenagers straight out of sixth form, influences collect in their music as if it were a sponge made for soaking up post-2000 NME front covers, as a result the album offers a varied mix of tracks. Earlier comparisons can be drawn though between lead singer Sam Felix Johnston’s voice and U2 lead singer Bono’s voice in his middle years, seemingly picking a song up from nowhere and adding a fourth dimension to the chorus on a consistent basis.
Opener, ‘Sounds of The Forrest’ kicks the album into a bouncy furore with it’s heavy intro into the fast paced verse and chorus, with the lyrics bopping from one line to another. Title track, ‘Passions Of A Different Kind’, has a Smiths feel to it with it’s toned down acoustic rhythm over a jumpy dancy bass riff before seemingly lifting into a sing out loud hair raiser. ‘Candles Out’, exhibits a 90’s guitar sound reminiscent of James, but the similarities don’t end there as it floats it’s way into the ‘I said hey, let’s put the candles out’ chorus.
Elsewhere tracks become a little more mellow, ‘Heat and Fire’ reeks of Bombay Bicycle Club and you can’t help but notice similarities between the two lead singers, this track whilst perhaps a little long definitely adds an extra angle to their sound.
Other tracks, such as ‘No Point Hanging Around’, start of with a heavy overdrive guitar sound adding a rock element to the proceedings, giving off a bit of a Feeder vibe. This for me is one of the best examples of their music, bursting into a chorus so heavy and powerful it separates them from anyone else on the market right now. First single, ‘Come and See The Lights’ is the next example of their driven sound, booming into yet another massive chorus.
The album, produced by Barney Barnicott and Luke Smith who’ve previously worked with the likes of Depeche Mode and Kasabian, may well be Flashguns ticket to the big league after so long waiting, only time will tell.
Signed to Humming Records and distributed by Rough Trade, it’s out on all formats from 17th of October.