I love this band before I have even finished reading their name. Anyone coming up with a name that cool, that outside the box of convention has surely got to be worth checking out? Well, I can report back that yes, they are, well worth checking out. If Resistance, the band that provided some of the members in the band including singer Sue Egypt, made music which wandered between dream-pop etherealness and jazz lounge sophistication, Wasabi Fire Alarm is the result of lighting an alt-rock fire underneath it. Many of the core qualities are still there, the otherworldly vocals and the use of space in particular, but this time around things seem slightly more driven and a touch more weighty.
The great thing about the song is although you can easily identify the various musical building blocks which go into the mix, funky guitar licks, jazz diva vocals, driving drums, lyrical depth and a whole wealth of musical understatement, it is almost impossible to think of a band that they sound like. And that’s the trick isn’t it? To play around with familiarity but have an end result which doesn’t feel like it is straight off the shelf, that instead is more like a bespoke thing and tailored to an individual ear.
It is easy to hear jazz, funk and blues hints in both the vocal delivery and the sultry groove that the song runs on. But equally it plays with a post-modern take on the same, a contemporary splicing of the past and the present, the classic and the cutting edge, old-school elegance and modern sass. Genres are almost a thing of the past, pop is where you find it, it’s all pop at the end of the day, and even if this isn’t pop music, in the strictest sense, it is damn sure to give pop music a run for its money.