A punk rock supergroup comprised of ex-Rise Against, Ignite and Death by Stereo members is blazing a new trail for the genre. Hot on the heels of RA's recent success, ex-guitarist Chris Chasse has teamed up with some second-gen punk rock veterans to create Nations Afire, a melodic, radio-friendly collaboration that's sure to have true punkers scoffing and those in the punkosphere who've embraced the new face of punk rock cheering wildly.
Nations Afire borrow heavily from their former bands (Death by Stereo = questionable) to create an amalgam of poppy, melodic anthems fueled by the sort of punk rock intensity defined by bands like Ignite. Flawless, clear vocal harmonies are layered on top of heavy punk rock riffs and well-produced, thick drums. There is no want of hooks here; these guys will get radio play if that's the road they decide to take.
Not sure why, but I've been finding a lot of bands lately that I disagree with in principal but fully support in other, more aural ways. These guys are sort of McDonald's delicious; you've got a buzz while you ingest them, but afterwards you feel pretty full and throw up in your mouth a little.
Oh yeah, as far as I know these guys are unsigned. Let the label frenzy begin!
I don't have any MP3s readily available for download as these guys are brand new, so I've left you with a little Ignite to tickle your music bone.
- Patrick Chewing