From: Detroit, MI
Who: David Pest, Tymm Rengers, Chris Mojan, Kyle O'Punk, Brett Jones
Words: Fireworks is: high energy, guitar-driven rock propelled by singable choruses and boisterous, catchy riffs. Formed in Detroit in 2006, Fireworks is a five-piece pop-punk group with an array of EPs and full-lengths under their belt, each showcasing their tremendous chemistry, high-octane songwriting and a proclivity for the short and sweet.
Gospel, their latest release, finds the group in a restless no-nonsense mood, hacking effortlessly through verse and chorus with an urgency and adolescent impatience that’s hard not to love.
Fireworks is not a group that dawdles through interludes or refrains; they don’t have slow-builds and they don’t make you wait. Fireworks is where punk remembers its antsy roots and where four-minute songs are considered longwinded.
Songs like “Arrows” and “Life Is Killing Me” leave the listener out of breath, winded from the instantly memorable choruses and the complete absence of downtime. It’s a refreshing and rewarding listen, particularly in the context of a decade that saw pop-punk reduced to teeny bopping drivel. There’s still an art-form to building fast, catchy, energetic pop songs and Fireworks seems intent on bringing it back.
Given the energy and efficiency of the twelve songs that populate Gospel, it’s hard not to feel optimistic about the state of the genre and the bands that dare to push it forward.