Wednesday 24 January 2018

Fourpiece Fiasco's follow-up falls flat

General Fiasco
Unfaithfully Yours

John Meagher

John Meagher

After releasing the promising debut Buildings in 2010, the Derry band -- now swelled to a fourpiece -- have followed up with an album that impresses only fleetingly.

The indie rock-meets-power pop template is a winning one for many bands, but much of Unfaithfully Yours is stuck in a musical rut.

The songs don't soar as well as they might and the choruses largely fail to lodge.

All too often, the Owen Strathern-led outfit seems short of ideas and inspiration.

Two tracks show what they are capable of. Bad Habits boasts the sort of cast iron choruses and enormous riffs that should work a treat on the festival circuit.

Meanwhile The Age You Start Losing Friends is a sure-fire anthem with its pop sensibilities very much intact.

Yet this pair only serves to highlight the paucity of material elsewhere.

General Fiasco were formally signed to Infectious, the label that gave the world Ash.

But this lot have a very long way to go indeed to scale the heights managed by Tim Wheeler and friends.

KEY TRACK Bad Habits

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