GENERAL FIASCO take us back to a time when the greatest guitar pop songs were a simple verse-chorus-verse affair, not the short-sighted ‘synths with everything’ approach that seems to afflict most trend-driven new bands these days.
Watching these three sickeningly youthful boys from Northern Ireland – with their predominantly teenage following hanging on their every word – makes you wonder if this is what life was like in 1994 when Ash first broke through as schoolkids with an uncanny gift for creating three-minute radio-humping hits.
Bass-playing singer Owen Strathern has mini rosary beads hanging from his wrist (not sure if that will catch on as a fashion statement) and is blessed with the easy charm that Irish natives tend to acquire in the womb. He progresses effortlessly from the solo acoustic performance of Sinking Ship to the power-pop singalongs of Rebel Get By and Ever So Shy, thanking the audience profusely for making the effort to come out and see them.
With General Fiasco and The Xcerts, 2009 is witnessing two of the smartest and most likeable young rock bands coming of age – now there’s a future to look forward to.
General Fiasco – A Wise Decision
General Fiasco – I Like It When You’re Naked
November 10, Corn Exchange, Edinburgh (supporting The Enemy) (tickets)
November 11, Academy, Glasgow (supporting The Enemy) (tickets)