The past 20 years have seen a lot of rock acts wave the white flag. Heading into retirement or touring classic albums, there is a general feeling that rock has given up on its own importance. Take a look at this century’s Download headliners and you’ll see that there have not really been any new breakthrough acts who’ve made a difference (bar Slipknot and System of a Down), only a revolving list of rock names whose careers are the wrong side of 40. Where and when did rock lose its ambition, willingness to take risks and explore new horizons?
One band not freezing with the challenge of pushing rock forward is Northumbria-based prog explorers Stuckfish whose new LP, ‘Calling’, sets about to try to wake rock up from its slumber and get it prize-ready again.
‘Calling’ is an interesting 10-track album which strives to combine storytelling lyrics with multi-layered musical parts.
Standout tracks ‘Calling’, ‘Overwhelmed’ and ‘Wall of Silence’ use emotive electronics to blend brilliant guitar playing with strong vocal deliveries.
Set inside a world of Iron Maiden-style riffs, Dave Gilmour guitar solos and stories about regrets, dreams and searching, Stuckfish do a great job of creating new worlds.
Album highlight, ‘Breathe’, takes us further into an interesting sonic world with progressive electronic work interspersed with a flamenco-style electric guitar riff.
Stuckfish have set out not just to make an album, but to do something interesting in a genre in much need of new ideas – and they’ve done a great job. Download, take a look at them.
For further information about the release head to stuckfish.net now.