Sound of Guns - What Came From Fire
We've all been on train journeys. Sometimes you're cruising in first class, knocking back something chilled before sinking into the deep upholstery. Other times you're back with the rank and file, wedged between a toilet and a noisy bunch of hikers, wondering how much gum is within striking distance of your knees. As you continue on your way you can begin to embrace your surrounds and tell yourself you're even enjoying it. But life is short, we shouldn't want to “make do” and should always be striving for something more.
On the musical venn diagram described by Simple Minds, Feeder and the Stereophonics, at the intersection we find the Sound of Guns. If anthemic rock and roll is your thing, all big choruses and pounding verses framed by power guitars then the Sound of Guns might be your next favourite band. After the obligatory first track of dissonant noises the album opener proper is also the first single 'Architects'. It's often the stock and trade of popular music to use repetition and emotional platitudes as the building blocks of songs. The art is to frame them in a way that brings something new to the listener. There are too many times in the opening tracks on this album, exemplified by 'Architects' in which repetition dominates, pushing musical invention or lyrical depth off the agenda altogether. The drumming especially contributes to this musical groundhog day, suggesting that you could swap rhythms between tracks without disturbing them.
As the album progresses it appears to find its feet, or maybe the listener has got used to an adequate train ride and is making the best of it. To stretch this analogy beyond breaking point this band should maybe have spent more time in a depot planning to take us to musical destinations we haven't travelled to many times before.