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Fire For Glory - Single Review: Stray Dogs

30 Oct 2018 // A review by Steve Shyu

If you’re involved in any way in the rock scene of Auckland, it’s likely you’ll have heard the name Fire For Glory. If you haven’t yet, well, tune in anyway: This pop-punk group has been kicking around Auckland for over half a decade now, and currently consists of Josh on the mic, Brian on bass guitar, Shay on the kit, plus Cam and Elijah on the six-strings. They pride themselves on putting on fun, high-energy gigs, and their recorded tunes are no less so. What does their new single Stray Dogs have to offer?

With a song length at just under three minutes, you know this is going to punk number. In an upbeat major key, set to a hopping rhythm courtesy of the bass and drums, you find yourself slipping into that weekend mood. The clean vocals take up the front of the mix and make your ears stand at attention, especially when the bass and drums momentarily hold back in the verses.

The chorus is basically one big, entertaining hook; when propped up with backing vocals, Josh’s main melody becomes even more singalong-able, while the pumping, open-string guitar strums make you rock to the beat or just hop around like you’re 18 at a house party. This song was created to be played live, just like many of Fire For Glory’s tunes.

Partly introspective, the lyrics celebrate friendships among unlikely pals, the bond between even the runtiest of mutts, making you want to raise your pint glass with an arm around your newest best friend and sing the chorus aloud.

The band are never shy to let their metalcore roots show, as a lot of modern pop-punk bands also do. Shay shifts the drumming tempo to half-time, Cam and Elijah’s guitar strums are swapped for a few chunky palm-muted chugs, and the clean vocals ratcheted up to screams. A slick little guitar solo is whipped up, before one more chorus and another crunchy breakdown is served as the finale.

These local lads have another classic to add to their stage repertoire, guaranteed to satisfy fans, and give punters at bars something to shake a beer to.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Fire For Glory

Fire For Glory were a pop-punk band based in Auckland (Now known as Stray Dogs). Bringing together elements of 2000’s era pop punk and post hardcore, Fire For Glory delivered high energy live shows that won them a solid local following throughout New Zealand, and the band made their second successful self-funded venture to Australia. As a result of a hard working, DIY touring ethic, the band earned themselves supporting slots with bands such as Motion City Soundtrack (USA), Hawthorne Heights (USA), Joyce Manor (USA) and Silverstein (Canada).

Fire For Glory saw great commercial success, having both of their EPs Phantoms, Ghosts and Monsters and The Kid’s Got Guts, and their LP Shipwreck! all reaching #1 on the iTunes New Zealand rock chart. The single Frog Prince from the second EP was also featured on Spotify’s official rock playlist, and gained the band high amounts of streaming attention.

Fire For Glory is now known as Stray Dogs!

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Fire For Glory

Releases

Life of The Party
Year: 2021
Type: EP
Shipwreck!
Year: 2017
Type: Album
The Kid's Got Guts
Year: 2016
Type: EP

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