Apparently the Airliner held a little battle of the bands last night, various musical acts competing for a prize and some much needed recognition. But I wasn't there for all of that, I was there to witness Fire In The Asylum... This being my first time seeing them, I was not exactly sure what I was in for. The "music snob" inside of me was telling me to not expect much more than some bland metal band, while the "anti-snob squad" was telling me to keep an optimistic mind and not judge a book by the cover. Well... in the end, as always, the music did the talking, and I can safely say Fire In The Asylum turned me into a fan.
On paper, Fire In The Asylum is a three piece, made up of guitarist/vocalist Josh, bassist Roqui, and drummer Graham. But on stage, each member brings with them their own musical history and techniques to create an experience that fluctuates between various styles. The sonic body is made up mostly of hard rock, garnished with a metal exterior, but inside the hard exterior lays a warm heart made up of classic rock and blues influences. What impressed me was the seamless combination of all these sounds into coherent and affecting songs. One second they were head banging away, then the next it was an alternative rock chord progression, and then the next a bluesy solo, all while not skipping a beat. Josh also displayed some great vocal abilities, in step with the music, weaving in and out, screaming from one line into a falsetto on the next.
Fire In The Asylum's strength lies in their multiple dimensions. The trio has created a very wide and deep musical landscape, peppered with enough "pop" sensibilities to create a long-term future for themselves. As a fan, I am excited to see how far they go and to hear the music they will create. So in case I didn't get my point across, Fire In The Asylum put on a great show that rocked my socks off; they are definitely worth checking out.
And guess what? They also won the battle of the bands.