“…there’s fear, madness and brilliance in various amounts here.”
– Rock Sound Magazine
The Fire And I have finally released their hotly anticipated second album Double Kamikaze via CarCrash Records. The album has already pulled in some impressive reviews, scoring 7/10 in Rock Sound Magazine, 8/10 in Shout4Music and received glowing support from The Sunday Herald.
The Scottish based two piece, comprised of bassist Gordon Love and drummer Hooligan Sadikson, were originally four. However, rather than finding new members, the pair decided to keep their minimalist bass / drums set-up, sharing vocals. Their acclaimed live performances have become a thing of legend on the live circuit – adrenaline-fuelled, no holds barred spectacles, their tracks burst to life on stage.
This high-octane noise is felt throughout the album. Opener ‘Devil Damned Thoughts’ is purely instrumental, showcasing the band’s love of the riff; there are hints of CKY meets That Fucking Tank – an exciting start and you can almost feel the sweat pouring from the speakers. Title track ‘Double Kamikaze’ could easily have made Queens of the Stone Age’s 1998 self-titled debut – unapologetic dirty rock. However, When The Fire And I calm the pace, their softer underbelly also has great potential – there are real shades of light on ‘Coming Loose’ akin to early Biffy Clyro’s quieter moments. Nevertheless, they don’t stay quiet for long, and the album is pure heart-pounding alt-rock.
Since their debut album Stampede Finale, the band have been honing their sound, with their aforementioned live performances being their ace in the hole and, as well as sharing a stage with Biffy Clyro, they’ve also headlined the T in the Park T-Break stage. Having picked up support from the likes of the aforementioned Rock Sound, Artrocker Magazine, Mad Mackerel and Jim Gellatly, the band are now ready to unveil Double Kamikaze as well as continuing their tour of the UK in March before heading off to Europe.