Amusement Parks on Fire: Road Eyes


RIYL: Swervedriver, Silversun Pickups, Anberlin

Michael Feerick might only be in his mid-twenties, but the UK singer-guitarist has already been making his living as a working musician for the better part of six years. Amusement Parks on Fire, the band formed around Feerick in 2004, released its debut album on INVADA, a label owned by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and then went on to sign with V2 for their Out of the Angeles (2006) sophomore outing. During that time, Amusement Parks on Fire toured the world with everyone from the Psychedelic Furs to the Kaiser Chiefs, and have been favorably compared to bands from the golden era of shoegaze. The comparisons aren’t off base.

On Road Eyes, APoF’s new third album, the reverb-soaked guitars and choral background vocals owe a debt to classic Creation Records artists like Ride and Swervedriver. But it’s Feerick’s devotion to melody that makes the songs so irresistible. Tracks like “Inside Out” and “Wave of the Future” pack all of the fuzzed-out guitar muscle one comes to expect from a band like APoF, but it’s the vocal hooks that keep you coming back. Even on the slow-burners (“Inspects the Evil Side”), Feerick balances out the atmospherics with his soothing vocal delivery.

Produced by Michael Patterson, Nic Jodoin, and the band, Road Eyes works on two levels. It’s the kind of album that will please the holier-than-thou tastemakers in places like Silver Lake and Portland, but also has a fighting chance to find a home on modern rock radio. Now signed to indie Filter Recordings, it might take a song placement in an Audi commercial, or something along those lines, to get the UK based group the shot they deserve, but Road Eyes is certainly worthy of the attention. (Filter Recordings 2010)

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