Redwire - Playing With Fire

Redwire – Playing With Fire (One Above Records)

Release date: 29th October 2012

Reading “Redwire have performed alongside Razorlight” in a press release is never going to endear me to a band but for the sake of Redwire I have imagined that this was done under duress and possibly at gunpoint. This is the second single from the Bradford band and the first word that springs to mind when it starts up is ‘charming’. There is roomy 80s quality to the sound that is filled with distinctly Indie guitars and a tight rhythm section. Frontman Tom Nowakowski has a bellowing but distinctive voice that sounds like a young Kelly Jones following a few singing lessons with Brandon Flowers – shyness and showmanship in equal measure. Playing With Fire is a great little Indie tune but it has the capability to be so much more and I expect it to sound bigger when played live. It might be the speakers on my laptop but I would love to hear more bass on this track and a little less production to allow it to really roar at you. In a sweaty rock bar with a captivated audience though, I think this tune has the ability to come across like a British version of the Kings of Leon’s more recent output. I have a sneaking suspicion that this band are much more at home on stage though so I recommend you get a copy of the single and then head out to catch them on tour this autumn so you can sing along with everyone else.

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Tour dates:
03 Old Brown Jug, Newcastle U Lyme
05 Blue Rooms, Blackpool
06 Maggie Mays, Glasgow
07 Rock Your Mind Fest, Middlesbrough
12 Barfly, London
13 Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge
18 Leeds University
19 Compass, Chester
25 Flapper, Birmingham
26 Lock 42, Leicester
27 Corner House, Cambridge
29 Kasbah, Coventry
30 Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

01 Format, Liverpool
02 KU Bar, Stockton
03 Windsor, Kirkcaldy
04 Doghouse, Dundee
09 Sigma, Scarborough
15 The Venue, Derby