Fire Engines - Discord
Formed in Edinburgh in 1980, Fire Engines released two albums before splitting in 1981. Championed by Franz Ferdinand, an overview of their live recordings and studio outtakes was released last year in the form of the album "codex teenage premonition". This seven inch single (the only format) features two songs, taken from the band's very first John Peel session and will commemorate the 25th anniversary of its first broadcast.
"Discord", from the opening cowbell, is a marvellous mix of slinky bass and crackling guitar, Davey Henderson's nasal whine spitting out the lyrics. The driving pulse of the song is brilliant, as guitars spurt out of the speakers. Flip-side "CandySkin" sounds more dated, but is still pretty good, with a repeated riff and a lovely, bouncing bass.
"Discord" holds up well, sounding pretty fresh despite its years. Fire Engines are a band lost now in the mist of time, but this release is a good buy whether you are acquainted with them or not.