If you haven’t heard the new album from Fatherson, you need to.
I know it’s a big statement, but I don’t see why this band can’t be as big as fellow Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic. The album, ‘Open Book’, is a true album. Every song could be a single of its own, yet together they form a masterpiece.
Ross Leighton (Guitar/Vocals), Marc Strain (Bass) and Greg Walkinshaw (Drums) form the alternative rock band from Kilmarnock, Scotland. Their second album ‘Open Book’ was released on 3rd June via Sony Music. The opening track ‘Just Past the Point of Breaking ‘ shows off the style and sound of Fatherson, revealing exactly what you should expect from the rest of the album. An exceptional combination of Ross’s heart wrenching vocals, tasty melodic guitar licks and drum beats that will break your bones. Following suit with ‘Always’, Ross explains, in Fatherson’s ‘Opening the Book’ documentary, that when writing the song “it just kinda came out of nowhere.” He admitted that “if you went ‘go write a song’, I would never have done that twice”.
‘Lost Little Boys’ and ‘Wondrous Heart’ are my favourite tracks from the album, both packed with heartfelt and raw emotion. The former illustrates how a lot of rising bands would feel when they are thrown into the world of modern music. Whilst ‘Wondrous Heart’ sounds like an anthemic Bruce Springsteen in the summer.
Not only do Fatherson possess the power to blow you away with a sea of glistening guitars, ‘Joanna’ and ‘Younger Days’ reveal their ability to craft an intensely peaceful piece of music. I find that true albums have an ebb and flow, it’s not continually in top gear, Open Book is a perfect example of this. The band envisage the record as two parts, after the first half, Ross, in the documentary, explains that “act one is over, the next one will come in and blow you away again”.
Act two is dark and moody. The passion of the band shines through in the quality of the next 6 songs. On the title track, you’ll wait with bated breath for the song to kick in, Greg explains that “it goes on just a bit longer than you want it to and you’re so ready for it to drop, when it does, it’s just huge”. Followed by the huge power ballads ‘Forest’ and ‘Kids’, as well as a monster of a bass riff on ‘Stop the Car’.
‘Chasing Ghosts’ acts as a perfect swan song for the album, the line “I’m opening up here” encapsulates the unifying idea of the last 12 tracks. The warm intimacy, along with the intensity and passion makes this album so inspiring.
Maybe it was a big claim to compare Fatherson to their fellow Scots Biffy Clyro and Twin Atlantic, yet I don’t want to take it back. I hope this is just the start for this three-piece, who knows where their story will end.