REVIEW DECEMBER 2023
Fatea Magazine - Review by Marc Higgins (some key parts below)
"False Gods" is a superb song, with some dusty distant Americana backing vocals and a touch of the indie Manic Street Preachers on its intense delivery. If this was on a Manics or Stereophonics album then everyone would be playing it and singing it's praises. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, theres a couple of inventive false endings and a raging finale that I'm sure is amazing live.
"Clarity In Dusk" is an emotional but reflective Folk Rock number with strident violin from Steve Marlow contrasting the majestic Floydian guitar flourishes. Dave Carter's sensitive piano on the fade and the almost Prog keyboard strings on the excellent "Eras" shows this is a band overflowing with ideas. "Gone But Not Forgotten" is a pastoral protest song wrapped in an infectious tune and chorus, classic to the last.
“Steve Jones and The Wildfires are an interesting, intelligent band, they can rock like the best of them like a radio-friendly Nickleback, but there is also thought, breadth, and depth to their music. Surely going places if they can get to enough ears”.
REVIEW DECEMBER 2023
"This is the third studio album by the East Northants alternative rock band, featuring frontman Stevie Jones, the main songwriter. With seeds of the songs sown during Covid times, those songs, together with newer full-band ones were finalised at Deadline Studio Leicester in early 2023 with producer Adam Ellis.
Topically the album covers a range of subjects including solace in nature, romance, domestic abuse, reflection on ageing and loss, and the current threat posed to the environment by the rapid overdevelopment of the countryside. Musically it takes you on a journey through a variety of different genres. There’s a raw alt-folk rock honesty (New Model Army, Levellers) but also a melodic Americana influence in the guitar-led songs (Ryan Adams, Tom Petty). And for those of us proggers, maybe even the slightest element of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson in some of the more progressive rock moments. In short, it is a strong album and a solid body of work, worth checking out. Solid."
INTERVIEW NOVEMBER 2023
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