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Shelflife and Opposite Number are thrilled to be releasing Dream About You, the new 7″ from The Fireworks. This three-song single is the follow-up to the Black and Blue EP, released this past summer. Dream About You is out April 21st on limited 7″ vinyl and digital formats.
The Black and Blue EP’s four songs marked the most rocking we had heard The Fireworks, yet still kept the catchy melodies and pop mastery we’d come to expect from them. Now, as a new year and a new release are upon us, The Fireworks have added new singer Beth Arzy to the group, following Emma Hall’s departure late last year. Beth, who one might recognize from the fantastic Trembling Blue Stars and Shelflife’s own The Luxembourg Signal, blends great melodic sensibility with a cool, nonchalant edge. And, in a heartwarming and ear-pleasing combination, Hall still contributes backing vocals to the 7″-a nice sendoff as the band enters into a new chapter of their existence.
The Dream About You 7″, much like the Switch Me OnLP, was recorded and produced by David Holmes (recently worked on Unloved’s “Guilty Of Love”) at Soup Studios. The single comes and goes in a whirlwind of big choruses, irresistible melodies and a healthy dose of fuzzed-out guitar. Fans old and new of The Fireworks will be happy to hear that the band’s energy is as electric as ever, and they manage to pack quite a punch in only three songs. “We’ve Been Wasting Time” is a noisy, Jesus and Mary Chain-indebted earworm that refuses to be listened to passively. The title track’s grabbing harmonies and “Better Without You Now”‘s jangly, crisp guitars showcase the band in top form, and once these three songs are over you’ll only want to flip the record again. The band’s name seems to almost hint at the fact that the songs are here and gone in the blink of an eye; bursts of beauty that are just as ephemeral as they are powerful.