Burn The Fleet
Southampton’s Burn The Fleet are not a band with whom I’m familiar but it bodes well that they are signed to the quite excellent Walnut Tree records, who are carving out a niche in promoting high quality British rock music. This taster EP is thankfully no exception and leaves the listener eager to hear more tales of the high seas. Burn The Fleet breaks rule number one in the songwriter’s handbook and eschews writing about ‘what you know’ for creating elaborate vignettes of imaginary lives which places them somewhere along a continuum between Alan Bennett and Iron Maiden. We may not find a re-run of the ‘Rhyme of The Ancient Mariner’ here but opening track ‘Nautilus’ does tell the tale of a man taken by the sea, his wife left to hopelessly scour the horizon. It’s a theme familiar from traditional folk songs but certainly not something generally associated with crunching guitar bands. Elsewhere the EP deals with the decline and fall of western civilisation in justifiably epic style before casting a withering eye over the cultural wasteland which we’ve created, in which art and originality are cast aside in favour of instant gratification. It’s a record with undeniable depth and perception which loses points only because the musical arrangement is lacking a spark of originality which could set them apart from a saturated emo market. The talent is clearly there, they just need the confidence to break free of the shackles of the genre.