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CD SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH Breathe See Move review

SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH

Breathe: See: Move

2013

 

SOMETHING NEW FROM DENMARK

 

Well here’s one that seems to have hit that button marked ‘cross-over potential’ squarely on the head. ‘Siamese:Fighting:Fish’certainly wasn’t a name I was familiar with (OK that’s not strictly true as I knew the fish, but not the band) and the use of “:” still confuses me but that’s by the way. What you get here is a band that hail from Denmark and who have already gained significant interest at home now attempting to take on the world and you know what? They just might manage it.

 

 


One of the most interesting things about these guys is how hard they are to pin down which in some circumstances can mean that they haven’t found their ‘sound’ yet or they are wearing their individual influences too clearly on their sleeves. In this case I think it’s more of a case of them trying to create something new from the styles they obviously love.  

 

 


Taking from a pot of all the interesting aspects of Post Hardcore and nineties Alternative Rock and a fair few handfuls of modern ‘Progressive Rock’ thrown in the real tipping point comes from using the violin at the forefront of the music rather than just an afterthought to add texture.

 

 


Listen to opening track ‘H.A.U.T. and you might think that this is more of the same you’ve heard from hundreds of bands before and you’d be right. I’m not actually sure it’s the right way to open this album it’s almost like putting a toe in the water saying ‘hey we know people like stuff like this, let’s put it up front to play safe before we show them what we are really like’.  The upside is if you listen on this gets way more interesting.

 

 


‘Party Like Charlie Sheen’ takes a pop-punk line and is simply a great song and I guess a likely single. And aside from the Metalcore grunt/screams (and I say that because again it feels like covering bases rather than something the songs need) there’s some great stuff on here.

 

 


Our favourites have to be the aforementioned ‘…Charlie Sheen’ along with the more subdued ‘Give In’ and the Eastern-infused ballad ‘How Long Will It Take’. Great stuff, it will be very interesting to see how these guys develop.

 

 

 

Leslii Phillips

 

CD SIAMESE FIGHTING FISH Breathe See Move review 2013