Unfaithfully Yours is the second album from the young Northern Irish band, General Fiasco. Following the release of their debut album, Buildings, in 2010, the band have been busy touring all over the world. They have supported the likes of Snow Patrol and the Enemy, but have also enjoyed successful headline tours and slots, such as topping the bill of the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival last summer.
Despite these touring commitments, General Fiasco have still managed to write and record an impressive album, defying the trend of the ‘difficult second album’. The outcome is a collection of extremely catchy songs that showcase how the band have grown in the past two years. Their debut was youthfully upbeat but new tracks such as The Age You Start Losing Friends and Sleep hint at a new lyrically darker side, while still maintaining catchy choruses and up tempo guitar riffs. Meanwhile, the energetic choruses on tracks such as Waves and new single Bad Habits sound like instant live hits for a band who have a hugely faithful young fan base.
This Is Living, is a slower piano track, which brings out lead singer Owen Strathern’s softer side, creating a heartfelt song which really stands out on an album which is otherwise full of energetic and fast paced songs. Nevertheless, it has to be noted that including one slower, piano based track is becoming increasingly popular with indie guitar bands – General Fiasco’s record label mates Little Comets, showed a similar contrast on their debut album last year.
Released at the end of July, Unfaithfully Yours is a great summer soundtrack which will leave General Fiasco fans itching to go and dance along to the new songs live at what will surely be chaotically fun gigs on their UK tour later this year.