The Streets on Fire Show Promise But Don't Quite Set World Aflame
By Jon Graef in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 1, 2010 8:20PM
Photo via The Streets on Fire Press Page.
Of course, being merely satisfactory is not exactly a achievement worth bragging about, and only time will reveal whether or not The Streets on Fire will make the quantum leap forward on any subsequent releases that The Horrors did with their second album, Primary Colours. For the moment, though, This Is Fancy is sufficient enough for head-bobs and toe-taps--especially during Fancy’s quickly-paced first half, where songs like “No One’s Fucking To The Radio” (because they’d rather bump uglies to playlists?) provide ample fuel for the aforementioned listener reactions.
But Fancy is only rarely transcendent, which is disappointing because its second half clearly shows the band taking chances, even if not everything works. While “Color Stereo” rides its “Bullet The Blue Sky”-inspired drum-beat to gloriously hypnotic space-rock heights, “Hard to Find” and “Fancy” putter along with offbeat guitar-work to no discernible destination. But even with their missteps, it’s still encouraging to hear The Streets on Fire stretch out beyond comfort zones, even if, based on most of the work on Fancy, they’re the ones who clearly designed them.
The Streets on Fire plays with Big Science, Blah Blah Blah and John Rambo and the Vietnam Wars. Friday, July 2, at Double Door, 1572 North Milwaukee, 9 p.m., $10, 21+