FM - Wildside EP

Released to coincide with Firefest VI there is an urgency and purpose on this track that typifies the best melodic rock. This EP contains 3 studio recordings and 5 live tracks showcasing the bands many talents and diversity. The 3 studio tracks, title track 'Wildside', 'Dangerous' (new Recording) and 'Does It Feel Like Love' (Acoustic) really do showcase the bands diversity. 'Wildside' is a little heavier than the FM that we may be used to, but that's no bad thing, it still sounds very much like FM and is a great song. 'Dangerous' is made readily available in its studio format here for the first time, it usually can only be found as a live B-side. Giving 'Does It Feel like Love' the acoustic treatment shows off the song and Steve Overland's ever-expressive vocals.
The live tracks give us a little reminder of the FM live experience.

This EP really does prove that FM are back, and in a big way, not just on an nostalgia trip. They've updated their sound a little to make it a little more contemporary yet managed to keep all the essential elements intact so that they remain true to themselves and still sound like FM.

Rating 9/10

by Barry Gennard

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