Single Review: Fossway 'No Heart in the Heart of the City'
Making their debut in 2018, Fossway are a band that has been quick to build a solid reputation in their hometown of Newcastle.
Producing two well-received singles within the same year and backing them up with a string of successful shows across the country, the group has sat firmly in our ‘one’s to watch’ list since they first graced the sound waves of Spotify.
Latest single ‘No Heart in the Heart of the City’ sees the 4-piece carry this energy into 2019. It is energetic, full of bite, and tips them as one of the most exciting new acts Newcastle has to offer.
Lead singer Daniel Mason has an excellent grasp of how to mold a melody as he weaves effortlessly around a vocal line that - paying homage to the likes of Black Peaks - is completely satisfying and cements itself in the listener’s head; hooking them in 20 seconds after pressing play.
The guitars are crisp and laden with distortion, providing rhythmic stabs that ferry the track along with an energy that feels purposefully restrained.
As they dip in and out of melodic breaks it seems the band is pushing the constraints of their current sound, leaving room for their musicianship to shine through.
All the while, a catchy guitar riff bounces the track out and I can’t help but feel the whole thing is Kasabian-esque in execution.
The tag line “No Heart in the Heart of the City” rings through and seems to address unrest with the creative industries in Newcastle.
“Don’t express yourself, don’t even make a sound” could be speaking to suppression felt by the band, maybe its to do with the current climate of gentrification, but it’s purely down to interpretation.
All in all, an offering up-beat rock music layered with melody that just sticks in your head. A sign of exciting things to come, I’m sure...