The long awaited EP was finally released this week and if you read my review of the title track, then you’ll know that these girls are something to get really excited about. I finally got round to getting the new EP and having a good listen and I’m not at all disappointed.
Things kick off with You Are: Convenience, the title of which makes it sound like a real tough bitch anthem but it just really shows that they mean business and they’re certainly not to be messed with. It’s such a refreshing change for girls to be singing about taking control rather than just playing the heartbroken victim. We all get angry and frustrated, so it’s great that they’re expressing it.
1968 blends both voices perfectly and it’s much more mellow on the whole. However, the metallic riffs and gentle rhythm morph in the last 30 seconds or so, when it launches into fierce chanting which just adds the unique HUF stamp on it. One thing that they’re great at is distinctiveness and after you’ve heard a few songs, you always know who it is when you hear them again. This is something that I think a lot of bands never quite achieve, which is one of the reasons why I love them.
Blindfolds is more poppy than the other tracks on the EP and I think it’s the one that could be the biggest chart climber, if it were released as a single. The instruments are at the forefront of the track and the guitar solos slide easily between the vocals. There is a nod to You Me At Six in Blindfolds and they can often sound like a female version of them. You Me At Six don’t categorise themselves under any genre and I think Hearts Under Fire are the same a lot of the time.
Mark My Words shows off singer Mary’s vocals the best and the references to literary couples Daisy and Gatsby, Cleopatra and Marc Antony give it an intellectual twist and suggests that like all of us, true love is still a big dream. It’s a realistic look at love though. There are going to be tough times before the good. The haunting backing vocals add an eerie tone to the gravelly toughness in the lead vocals and it’s another really catchy gig favourite.
Hearts Under Fire are awesome at creating catchy choruses and all five of the tracks on the EP have one, which is essential for any potential big hit. I love that in places they can sound like a female Foo Fighters, in other places they sound like their old friends You Me At Six and other places, they’re something completely new and incomparable to anyone else. If they weren’t something different, do you think they’d feature on this blog so often?