Fish On Friday, Godspeed, 2014
Our Belgian friends of Fish On Friday are back with their third album. (the other 2 are on the blog as well) But wait, there is some cheating going on here… Nick Beggs and Marty Townsend are not from Belgium are they? Well, that does not matter of course. What does matter is that William Beckers and Frank van Bogaert are still the core of the band. And they still take things in their own hands with regards to the song writing and the recording. But now they are signed to Esoteric so that probably means they have better distribution worldwide.
And all that must have inspired them to their most adventurous and versatile album yet. The guitars sometimes seem to rock just that little bit harder, more solos too it seems, and starting off with the 10 + minute title track is a new treat (and it’s a stunner), a track going deeper then ever before.
What has stayed are the pleasant melodies that sometimes recall the Alan Parsons Project, the refined arrangements with a crystal clear production and the overall quality of the songs and the players.
So they raised the bar again and keep getting better. Also the art is beautiful so the digipack release is fully deserved. A no-brainer for all into quality music that borders a bit into progressive territory but crosses many genres and should simply be “music you should hear”.