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Too Broken To Break
Label: H5D records / Fono
Length: 11 tracks / 45 minutes
This is the first full-length release that Fono have made this century, their debut Goesaroundcomesaround hailing from 1999, and an EP they made more recently being lost when the studio they were using burnt down. Originally from Milton Keynes in the UK, they relocated to San Diego a while ago and have been building a reputation from supporting the likes of the Goo Go Dolls and Robert Plant.
The quartet has plenty of talent, with Kerrang! magazine voting them best unsigned band, reaching finalist stage in the Billboard Indie World Series, and garnering a host of name-checks. It is easy to see why they have been selected as soundtrack material, as their music has an urgency and immediacy that connect.
Starting brightly, this disc shows plenty of energy on “Dangerous” and the best track, “Angels Eyes.” With its irresistible riff, this piece is the daughter of early live U2 (“I Will Follow”) and The Cult (“She Sells Sanctuary”). The Oasis-influenced “Still Love?” and the Kato-like “On the Line” keep up the style, which features an in-your-face guitar and a potent snare. Although Gibson are credited in the liner, the guitar has a highly resonant, trebly Telecaster sound.
My only complaint at this time would be that the power of “Angels Eyes” is wasted on lyrics such as:
end a message in the sky / No more truth and no more lies
The lyrics generally fit well with the
tunes in an impressionistic way, but I hoped that they had a little more