Amusement Parks On Fire





The calendar may read 2005, but it may as well be 1990 all over again in aspects of today’s musical landscape. The shoegazers have returned! Except instead of My Bloody Valentine, Ride, and Slowdive, it’s Engineers, Long-View and this lot, Amusement Parks On Fire. Brandishing a heavier attack than their aforementioned nu-skool ‘gazer brethren, Nottingham, England’s APOF like their guitars like lab rats like their cocaine: often and in large doses. And let me state this: I don’t care what anyone claims, on the epic “Venus In Cancer”, frontman Michael Feerick is not singing in his own voice. He is instead channeling Ride’s charismatic frontman Mark Gardener and to great effect. The similarities are eerie, yet wonderful. Throughout other moments of this auspicious debut, elements of first wavers Swervedriver are evident, as well as bits of early 21st century Nirvana meets Cocteau Twins-noiseniks My Vitriol. The quartet rip through the tuneful wash of “Eighty Eight” and the driving “Wiper” with aplomb, the ghosts of the original shoegaze scene looking down from above with wide grins. As with all good floorstarers, APOF are as adept with slower numbers as when the amps are set to 11, as evidenced on “The Ramones Book” and the album’s ignition, “23 Jewels”. Like your guitars to wash over you, while simultaneously pulling you off the floor by your bootstraps with their sheer fury? With tunes like these, Amusement Parks aren’t going to be the only things on fire in these parts – headphones all across the land will smoke with the zeal of APOF. Listen with due caution.

Amusement Parks On Fire
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