Fire Engines Hungry Beat
- Words: Justin Hopper
- Label: Acute
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
There are many opinions on why early ’80s Scotland produced so many of the best British post-punk bands, and they mostly center around one fact: no one gave a shit about Liverpool or Leeds, never mind the mad Scots, allowing bands like Edinburgh’s no-wave geniuses Fire Engines to flourish unhindered. Hungry Beat offers their entire, tiny discography on one disc, and shows a band both more danceable and sonically radical than better-known contemporaries like Orange Juice. Songs like “Big Gold Dream” are practically a blueprint for the trebly rock of Art Brut and Franz Ferdinand, without the social lubrication: This is post-punk, as likely to throw you down a flight of stairs as snog you backstage.
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