Fixation EP

My first impressions of this CD aren’t great – a clearly hand-drawn cover, some overtly pop-punk song titles (‘Sic Boy’, ‘Converse All Stars’) and a singer whose surname is apparently Dinwiddy. Add to this that the band members all look about 15, and I’m not exactly dying to give it a listen.

To be fair, it’s not as bad as all that. It’s not a great production, as you would expect from such a young band who are probably financing the recording themselves, but if you wanted an old-school sounding grunge band, you can’t complain. I would probably take issue with their description of themselves as a ‘tight modern rock band’, as they are not really any of these three things, but their youth can, I think, excuse this.

The musical ability, from what I can tell, is very average, but this is the kind of thing that can get so much better with constant practice. The same can be said for the songwriting – there is nothing wrong with it, but it needs work. None of the songs have an individuality that would allow you to immediately differentiate it from the rest – ‘Seventeen’ sounds like a bad copy of a Nevermind track – and this is the main problem that Fixation face.

Obviously heavily influenced by Nirvana, Fixation are doing a great job of imitating bands from that scene, but if they expect to get anywhere in the music biz they need to formulate a more updated, interesting form of that genre – maybe direct imitations work, but only with at least 20 years between the new and the original versions. Reuben’s first album, for example, took grunge and put a modern slant on it. If these guys could do that, they may be onto something.

Guest article from Heather P.

Written by Guest Writers on

Between 2003 and 2009, [the-mag] had regular contributors from music correspondents covering their local scene. You'll find them all in the guest writers section. The specific writer is mentioned at the bottom of each article.

Discover More Music