Forest Fires is a young quintet from Aberdeen, who won a nomination at the Scottish Alternative Music Awards for Best Newcomer, their new EP, Animatronics, opens with the appropriately named ‘A.D.D’, a manic explosion of Idlewild’s punkish early material, coupled with the multi-sectional stylings of Muse and a barrage of guitar harmonics.
It’s a hyperactive and exciting introduction to the young band that leads into the pummeling widescreen rock of ‘It’s Only Life’, back-to-back the pair offer a good guide to both sides of Forest Fires; an attention-grabbing fusion of angst and melody.
‘Sinking Ship’ has the frenetic percussion and elongated syllables of early Biffy Clyro and more Matt Bellamy stylings on what is unfortunately one of the album’s weaker choruses but fortunately the six minute ‘Patterns’ hauls us back on track with some clever use of quiet-loud dynamics.
‘Spellbound’ nods to Puzzle-era Biffy Clyro with some angular riffs and a wordless climax that’s sure to be popular with audiences, before the quintet close with ‘Foreverlution’, a predictable slab of indie-punk, enlivened by more excitable percussion from drummer Jack Bruce.
Sharp, well-produced and packed with bouncing riffs Forest Fires are one of the most promising bands to come out of Aberdeen in some time.
Words: Max Sefton