First Step To Failure: Our True Enemy Is Yet To Reveal Itself – album review

First Step To Failure: Our True Enemy Is Yet To Reveal Itself (Cold War Legacy)
DL from Bandcamp /Limited Edition Physical Release-100 copies
Out: October 29th

A bit of harmless, abrasive skate punk can never be a bad thing. Chris Hearn explains why.

I suspect the members of First Step To Failure may own the entire Fat Wreck Chords catalogue, and I would say very proudly so. In fact, they even got a band logo that copies Fat Wreck’s. Go figure. Not a huge surprise given their sound.

First Step To Failure: Our True Enemy Is Yet To Reveal Itself – album reviewOnce again, this is a case of a band not being original in the slightest, but doing a great job of not being original. Look, music doesn’t always have to be about reinventing the wheel. These guys definitely have not reinvented anything, but they play with passion and they seem to enjoy what they are doing. What more could you want? Ya, this maybe 15 years out of date, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It means they are playing the music they appear to love. Good on them.

This is the first release from upstart Glasgow record label, Cold War Legacy Records. It’s a decent way to kick off a new label. According to their press release, they have one mission: “loud bloody music”. Can’t argue with a manifesto like that! I look forward to hearing more from them indeed, and wonder what loud bloody music they will deliver to us next?

As far as this album, apparently it was “two years in the making.” Well, it’s a pretty damn short album for 2 years in the making! Seven quick tracks! I can’t imagine how long it would take them to make a 16 track album! Don’t worry; there is an explanation, courtesy of vocalist Niall Penman: “This EP should have come out much sooner, but with a lineup change came a chance to write something better than anything we’d ever written in the past.” Yup, I guess lineup changes will do that.

The current lineup is Niall Penman, Andrew ‘Weasel’ O’Hara on guitar, Ewan “Norm” Normand on bass, Paul Higgins on drums and Danny O’Malley on guitar. This appears to be their third release, and the first on this new label. And, according to Penman, “With this EP we feel like we’ve really grown up. To start with, we can actually all play our instruments now!” Hey, well, there you go, that’s progress but, to be honest, I don’t hear much difference between the new stuff and their older stuff, like this song off of their “New Wheels” EP:

Watch: EMO

Regardless, in the end, they put together a good collection of upbeat, 90’s style skater pop punk tunes along the lines of Strung Out, NOFX, Lagwagon, et al. Again, not original, but that’s not a problem. If anything, it will probably be a bit of a nostalgic flash back for some who pick up this album. And, with this album I think far more friends will be revealed than enemies.

Check out First Step to Failure’s Facebook page HERE and their Twitter feed HERE. Go to their bandcamp page or their Soundcloud page to get some of their music. Apparently, “Our True Enemy Is Yet To Reveal Itself” will also be released in physical form with a limit of 100 copies, each with hand written liner notes. That’s a pretty cool little collector’s item right there.

And be sure to keep an eye on Cold War Legacy. Something tells me this label is going to put out some good stuff.

All words by Chris Hearn. Read more from Chris HERE

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Deep in the heart of Canada, on the north shore of frigid Lake Superior, is a town called Thunder Bay. That\'s where I am from. That\'s where I started to write. And that is where I started to discover music. Now, I\'m a married man with two boys. I still love music. I still go to shows. And I still visit Thunder Bay, even though I haven\'t lived there for many years. What will you find on my iPod? You\'ll find lot of Americana, classic country, heavy stuff, punk and plenty of “guilty pleasures”.


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