When you constantly find yourself returning to the same album years later you know that the band behind it had really hit on something incredible, and that album was ‘Leaving Everything Behind’. Flood Of Red created this stunning piece and touched on it again in 2013 with their ‘They Must Be Building Something’ EP before whispers of ‘Throw’ stirred fans and ourselves, we were desperate to hear the next album that will undoubtedly never wear out.
As ‘Throw’ opens with its title track circles of intricate sounds stem from each member, the sweet, slow guitars curve through the track before they pick up in to an aggressive string out, an underlying feral sentiment that continues throughout the album. As we are drawn in with a wee riff that opens ‘Part Truth / Part Fiction’ intrusive drums step in that enunciate each lyric in sharp syllables. This simple build up draws layer upon layer into the beautiful and iconic Flood Of Red songwriting we were so desperate to hear.
‘Hiding Out’ takes the album into another identity. Keys taking us into a dreamlike landscape with labyrinthine distortion contorting into ‘Lashes’. The track was given away for free in May and stirred this brilliant and eagerly anticipated album, and rightly so. ‘Lashes’ encompasses everything about ‘Throw’, opening in thrashes that writhe rather than flog, ‘Lashes’ has this stunning melodic side that forms as the track grows. This distinctive emergence holds you, there is so much striking musicianship that you can’t help but get lost following each path that roots in the song.
‘Whispers and Choirs’ steps in with sticks, graduating as Spiers vocals cast you into the depths of ‘Throw’ before Ross Taggart and Sean McGroarty tangle between hefty and snarling riffs that intertwine and left us repeating the track. Flood Of Red create these alluring tracks that hold entire identities of their own whilst rooting to Throw through renowned tones, stunning musicianship and songwriting that sounds natural. With ‘Whispers And Choirs‘ now available to stream you can join us in the constant replaying of the beautiful track. ‘Cutting Limes‘ grooves into another character that sees Gallacher brought to the forefront before ‘Ye Die, Ye Die.’ haunts in an almost folk like turn that twists in repetition and heaving dark tones.
As Throw begins to draw to close as ‘The Treasury’ echoes back before unleashing in hostile fits before ‘White Russian’ keys in to the final track from Throw. The track unwinds, amplifies and extends each artist that makes up Flood Of Red ‘White Russian’ touching on each identity the tracks of Throw find themselves in. As guitars incline, unfold and thicken in ‘White Russian‘ we are brought down where words and keys illustrate silence.
Throw is unquestionably another monument for Flood Of Red and for music, in a market dense with similar trends Flood Of Red unearth passion and emote with breathtaking music that is iconic to them and a feat we hope they continue to hold.