"Fire" always has me reaching for the volume (turning it up of course!) and singing along. It just makes me feel good and ready for anything. It's got a lot of tempo changes, starting off kind of slow and then bursting into the pounding chorus "I'm on fire!" Tom Meighan (lead singer) has said the song kind of "flips out" in the middle: nice one minute, wielding a hammer the next. Sergio Pizzorno (also songwriter) does awesome backing vocals that take a bit of work to figure out, but I think I've got the right lyrics so I can sing along properly lol. The accompanying video is interesting too, the band are from a 'bank', armed with guitars. There's a great old-west style shootout between the bandmembers and cops, all firing the guitar-guns, and then you find out that the 'money' being stolen is actually music.
And wow..."Runaway", Del Shannon, 1960s?? I gather it's a classic but I've never even heard this song. Found the original on Youtube and gave it a listen so I'd have something to compare Kasabian's version to, it's cute and retro. Kasabian knocked it out of the park with this B-side. "Runaway" is so different from the stuff they normally do, one reason why I think this band will hold my interest for a while to come. They're originals and not afraid to branch out. Anyway, it's a fantastic version of "Runaway" that retains the spirit of the original with a modern take.
So. Five stars all around here. Get the "Fire" single now, or go ahead and get the whole "West Ryder" album. Or both. I don't think you'll regret it. Thanks mp3Caprice for making awesome music so accessible. :)