The Jackobins: Nightfire – single review
Nightfire (self release)
5 May 2017
The Jackobins are a Liverpool band who have a steadily rising fan base across the country and are seeing sold-out shows on their current tour. With recent airplay on BBC Introducing Merseyside, Radio X and Radio 6 and a number of well-received festival appearances in 2016, the band are in the ascendancy. Their new single, Nightfire, is set for release on May 5; another tasty morsel to add to their repertoire.
Nightfire sees the band in indie-pop mode. The scuzzy rock of the early releases is noticeable absent, but the band have been moving in this direction for some time. The sound is sophisticated and smooth. The guitars are melodic and support rather than vie with the vocals. The track has a light airy feel, at odds with the lyrical content. The words deal with the need to work with the inner struggle and the virtue of being humble enough to ask for help.
The song has a lot of strengths and will go down well in the current indie climate. Dominic Bassnett has a fine voice and the new line-up seems to be gelling together well. Fans of the band from the beginning might be wondering where the strong rock anthems have gone. Nightfire is certainly a million miles away from tracks like Prussia. The new sound is more radio-friendly and should cement their place on the play-lists. The Jackobins are a band with a bright future as well as a past. With forthcoming slots at Liverpool Sound City and Dot to Dot in Manchester on the festival front in the next month, things are looking very bright indeed. Nightfire might be seen as something of a new beginning.
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