New kids on the block, Future Radio’s debut single and video, “Fire With Fire”, is another drop in an ever-expanding ocean of revolutionary rock ‘n’ roll.
Music has always been at the centre of revolutions so it’s no surprise that 2020 has seen a massive surge in politically motivated work. “Fire With Fire” was penned before lockdown started as a commentary on the political divide between the left and the right but has since taken on a lot more meaning.
The band claims to be creating a new genre called “future rock” which is based around a synergy of words, visuals, and music. To be quite frank, though, I don’t see anything new or out of the ordinary here. “Fire With Fire”, the first release from their upcoming album Freedom, is catchy enough with its riffs and militaristic drumbeats embedding themselves in your brain while frontman Johnny Future’s lyrics remind us of the hypocrisy and bloodlust on both sides of the political spectrum.
The video brings with it an added bit of intrigue. A combination of animation, found footage, and the band performing the song, it highlights the soul-crushing effects of the 9 to 5 lifestyle. The narrative is easy enough to follow and it doesn’t take much imagination to figure out what the imagery is saying but it fails to evoke any feelings or thoughts of revolution.
“Fire With Fire” as a whole ticks all the boxes. It’s topical, decently written and performed, and the video tells a story but unfortunately it doesn’t do enough to quite stand out in the torrent of political music that’s been released this year.