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There Will Be Fireworks. It sounds like something a sports commentator might say before a title decider or grand slam final. It’s loaded with intent and certainty; entertainment and drama are a given. So it’s just as well the Glasgow band who chose that name are promising to live up to it, even if it was only struck upon through drunken chance. “One night we’d all been round at a friend’s house and woke up the next day with ‘There Will Be Fireworks’ in our phone inboxes,” says singer and guitarist Nicky McManus. “We’d been struggling to think of a name so we just went with it. There’s probably a meaning behind it that the beer haze of that night has since erased, but it eludes us.”

Although they went to school together and played “in various bad bands in various combinations with a few other guys”, it wasn’t until last February that the quartet of McManus, Adam Ketterer (drums), Gibran Farrah (guitar) and David Madden (bass) started to take their music seriously as There Will Be Fireworks (TWBF). All aged between 21 and 22 and at the end of various university and college courses, they’re now ready to unveil a self-financed debut album that is nothing short of astonishing.

From the spoken word intro by author Kevin MacNeil on Columbian Fireworks through the orchestral pomp of We Sleep Through the Bombs to the impassioned strains of last track Joined Up Writing, the album is rousing and magnificent, with an uncommon, almost Abbey Road-like consideration for the way the songs flow together. A work of lofty ambition, it took them a year to record, although this wasn’t as indulgent or tortured as that might normally suggest.


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  • reconvene

    Just who the hell do you think you are? Have you ever built a thing?

    25 Nov 9:32pm Reply
  • Prognoz_

    Goddamn this whole album is a masterpiece but Here Is Where though..... the music and lyrics are both depressingly beautiful

    2 Nov 11:33pm Reply
  • sondaschool91

    And Someone Sprayed This On The Wall: "I Love It Here". - I Don't At All.

    22 Oct 12:30pm Reply
  • My_Armistice

    No idea. Whole album is gold

    20 Oct 8:16pm Reply
  • cooljessedude

    How could River "not do it" for anybody?

    23 Sep 10:26pm Reply
  • My_Armistice

    vv River will be top of the charts until it's not the immediate featured video on the page - the most played songs are the ones in that player (River is followed by Youngblood, Foreign Thoughts, etc). Album as a whole is really good.

    25 Aug 8:32pm Reply
  • MySideOfTheMoon

    twbf...songs for the most beautiful them!

    17 Aug 10:34am Reply
  • Codders1111

    Worst song on the album is first of the last 6 months? smh people [2]. Good album but River didn't do it for me. Really hope they don't head in that direction.

    2 Aug 7:31am Reply
  • Oh_Ants


    4 Jun 4:17am Reply
  • volumeOut

    River still gets me everywhere, so much goosebumps..

    12 May 11:54am Reply
  • SpyKiisMaGiC

    River is the best song this band's ever written.

    23 Apr 11:24pm Reply
  • ManicLoop

    Youngblood blows me away, especially when it kicks in, beautifully built up

    1 Apr 6:28pm Reply
  • thefad01

    Holy shit, River, holy shit. [2]

    18 Mar 8:42am Reply
  • Motiv3ter

    are you kidding me? River is one of the best songs off the new album.

    15 Feb 1:15am Reply
  • TheCreatedVoid1

    Worst song on the album is first of the last 6 months? smh people

    12 Feb 9:37am Reply
  • Smile_You_Die

    The Dark, Dark Bright отличный альбом!

    26 Jan 4:04pm Reply
  • patras522

    Wow is all I can say. New album is beyond words.

    20 Jan 3:24pm Reply
  • dadada-danger


    18 Jan 8:07pm Reply
  • Sternikk


    16 Jan 9:06pm Reply
  • wildwechsel

    Amazing new full length. This band is incredible!

    12 Jan 11:34am Reply
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