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THE SPITFIRES – ‘Year Zero’ Album Review


The SpitfiresWatford based four-piece The Spitfires have announced their third album, Year Zero, to be released through Hatch Records on 27th July 2018. The band will also be embarking on yet another extensive nationwide UK and Ireland tour in 2018/19.

To date, The Spitfireshave released two albums; Response was released in 2015 and A Thousand Times in 2016. Both albums peaked at Number 6 in the Independent charts and also dented the national Top 75. The Spitfiresalso hit Number 1 in the UK Vinyl Singles Chart with ‘So Long’ back in April 2016.

As well as supporting the likes of The Specials, Paul Weller and The Skids, the band have also played to vast audiences at The Isle of Wight, Reading and Y Not Festivals over the last couple of summers. The Spitfiresalso recently made their national TV debut on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, waking up Sunday morning viewers with a blistering version of ‘Stand Down’.

The ten-track album opens with some mellow keyboards on Remains The Same and that sets up a massive riff and an upbeat ska approach that veers into slower reggae segments but, in general, maintains the faster and, at times, punkier approach…it reminded me a little of The Specials meeting Jaya The Cat.

On Frontline, a meaty riff creates a Clash like vibe that is enhanced by keyboards, brass and superb (Paul Weller circa 1979) vocal to craft a truly awesome early Jam like song whereas Over And Over Again sets the scene with a piano lick that builds to a Slade-like melodious ballad-rocker full of punch and precision. This is one terrific album and a contender for album of the year with Something Worth Fighting For taking a totally different approach with a dub reggae vibe with biting lyrics and trumpet.

The halfway point of the album sees more melodious keyboard on the intro to By My Side andthe song builds to a beautiful personal ballad replete with female backing vocals and bass driven reggae section with the dub reggae, bass driven approach prominent on Move On. The Spitfiresare observant and political and blend personal politics with the larger global view and they channel the early Jam again on Sick Of Hanging Around whilst The New Age is a true punk rock anthem with serrated guitars, sing-along chorus and a contender for song of the year…LOVED IT…with a super reggae imbibed middle eight!

The penultimate song is the title track andYear Zero opens with police sirens and crowd noise leading to a dub reggae sound and choral sections channeling early UB40 with an instrumental approach. The excellent album ends with Dreamland,a five and a half minute plus reggae-fest with melancholic vocal, prominent bass and brass…it is a magnificent closer indeed!!! Get this one and go see them live – you will be pleased!!!!


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The Spitfires 2018/19 Live Dates:

Fri 05 Oct – Southend, Chinnerys
Sat 06 Oct – Norwich, Arts Centre
Fri 02 Nov – Dover, Booking Hall
Sat 03 Nov – Brighton, Patterns
Fri 09 Nov – Leamington Spa, Zephyr Lounge
Sat 10 Nov – London, Islington Assembly Hall
Thu 15 Nov – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Fri 16 Nov – Glasgow, Broadcast
Sat 17 Nov – Edinburgh, Mash House
Fri 23 Nov – Bristol, Fiddlers
Sat 24 Nov – Exeter, Cavern
Thu 29 Nov – Newcastle, Cluny
Fri 30 Nov – Carlisle, Old Fire Station
Fri 07 Dec – Leeds, Hi Fi Club
Sat 08 Dec – Northampton, Roadmender
Fri 25 Jan – Belfast, Limelight 2
Sat 26 Jan – Dublin, Workman’s Club
Fri 08 Feb – Sheffield, Plug
Sat 09 Feb – Manchester, Gorilla
Fri 15 Feb – Hull, Fruit
Sat 16 Feb – York, Fibbers
Fri 22 Feb – Cardiff, The Globe
Sat 23 Feb – Liverpool, O2 Academy 2





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