THE FEAR – HERE GOES NOTHING
Released 26th May 2012 (Lockjaw Records)
Words: Gaz Martinez
Right from the get go, with a massive feeling of Carpe Diem, The Fear throw plenty of good tunes our way. There Lie Better Days Ahead starts with a very hard rock/metal style guitar lick, accompanied by heavy distortion, while the verses almost sound ska/punk, without anything resembling the screamed vocals, all singing on this track and the album in general (Enemy of Sense aside) is clean. With some uplifting lyrics, it’s not hard to find yourself jumping up and down to this track in particular. The drums in Turn The World are completely frantic, you get a sense that the lad behind the kit is a caged beast, just waiting to unleash the beats, despite the clean singing, the guitars and drums work well to make this one sound a hardcore tinge to it. I think the greatest influence here is definitely pop-punk, but the other influences are hardly diminished, Great News For Typists (Personal favourite) and Enemy of Sense treat us to some harmonised sweeps that wouldn’t be seen normally on a punk record, more Avenged Sevenfold than New Found Glory in that respect. In general however, The Fear have a lot to show, and they pull out all the stops to please reviewers such as myself I hope they can keep it up with future material, as they have done on this effort.
The production comes across as ever so slightly thin but that seems to really be my only real gripe, with a bit more fullness at the low end, this would easily be a five star piece of material, the musical diversity is here, the talent and the energy, they may be called The Fear but Here Goes Nothing shows us that as far as experimentation goes, these guys fear nothing at all.