I doubt I have ever reviewed a band with a name that suggests co-star status with Fireman Sam! I have now with Aussie band, Big Red Fire Truck, although I’m sure they have other reasons for the name.
A couple of singles and an EP precede their latest release called Trouble In Paradise, it builds on the promise of those earlier songs where they added their unique approach to the influences of the likes of Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. They must also be the only current band to use a ‘roller disco’ in the video for the rather excellent ‘Love Bite’ – This raucous rock ’n’ roller sums up their sound as it celebrates hair(ish) metal with great riffs, chorus and solos. Elsewhere on this six (well, five really with the first being an intro) track album, that sound is encapsulated in varied ways, the title song ‘Trouble In Paradise’ has more weight and melody both vocally and instrumentally. ‘Psychotropic Thunder’ is my pick, this one proves that influences doesn’t mean sound-a-like, just a celebration of melodic metal with so many layers to enjoy. Closer, ‘Hot Summer Nights,’ adds a sort of Darkness meets Boston…without any reliance on helium.
So, five exceedingly enjoyable 80s flavoured metal with a modern edge, executed brilliantly by a very capable band. So if that period is chosen cup of beverage, this is a must-hear.
Trouble in Paradise is out on 4th August 2023.