Flood Of Red have been a name to reckon with since they first appeared on the scene with their debut single An Hour Away, a shouty slab of Emo rock, but as this album shows the band have grown up since then. Under the watchful eye of producer Brian McTernan, the band have found a more melody driven sound that shows a maturity way beyond their years.
In front man Jordan Spiers the band have a vocalist capable of intense emotion and his style is perfectly suited to the epic soundtrack of the band. While there are comparisons with Lost Prophets and Funeral For a Friend, Flood of Red have a more commercial sound that will certainly appeal to a wide audience.
Hailing from the Scottish town of Airdrie, more Guantanamo bay than Montego bay, the music reflects the urban landscape that the band grew up in. At the beginning of the album we hear Spiers tell us 'I'm from the dullest town I know' and this sets the tone for this brooding and dark piece of work.
While this is certainly an impressive album, a little bit of self editing would not have went a miss. With 14 tracks it is at least 3 tracks to long. Electricity, Losing All Balance in Fells Point and Paper Lungs could all have been left on the cutting room floor and would not be missed. These tracks aside this is an album that stands up to repeated listening.
The Harmony has a feel of Feeder at their finest, while Like Elephants starts out sounding like Snow Patrol before transforming into a overblown slice of pomp rock. Classy stuff. One endearing quality of this record is how Spiers allows his Scottish accent to come through throughout, particularly evident on The Heartless and Loving.
This is music that could just as easily work in a stadium as it could in a sweaty club. It is music played with passion from a band who have spent their time relentlessly touring and perfecting their craft. The album closes where it started with the epic The Edge Of The World. A track that lifts and lays the listener with effortless ease.
This is a mighty fine debut from the young six piece, just not quite the finished article.