fiN-“Life is Wasted on the Living”: Album Review
So, you may remember a little interview I did with a guy named Luke Joyce, lead singer of the UK band fiN. You also remember Luke saying that the debut album Life is Wasted on the Living was soon to be released. Well, that day has come, and oh what a glorious day it is. I am here to tell you to set some cash aside, and then go to iTunes on March 25th when the album drops and buy it (I’ve never steered you wrong have I?).
The band fiN has climbed the ranks steadily and has made a name for themselves by opening for such bands as Muse (yes, THAT Muse), Incubus, and Feeder. The truth is, fiN needs their own headliner, because they are the shot of adrenaline mainstream music needs to stop its flat-lining. Life is Wasted on the Living (mixed by Adrian Bushby who worked with the Foo Fighters and Muse) is a conglomeration of all of the singles that the band has created, which means that there are no filler songs (you know, those songs that all bands use to make the album longer, but they really suck). From the opening track “The Artisan” to the end, Life is Wasted on the Living demonstrates fiN’s multi-dimensional song-writing abilities. The band can effortlessly do haunting (in “Eve”), tender (“Where Are You Now?”), inspirational (the title track), and full-blown high energy rock (“23”) all at once. The mark of a true talent is one that can constantly push the emotional content of their music, and fiN certainly does that.
Another point to mention about the album is that it showcases the musicianship of the band. Each member plays with fury and technical ability that is unfortunately so often lost in mainstream music (*cough* auto-tune and drum tracks *cough*). Every bass line, every drum beat, every guitar riff, and every vocal line all demonstrate command and creativity. Speaking of the instrumentation, you will find frequent usage of piano, synth, and string quartet (yes, string quartet!) which makes this music composer freak out in jubilance! The band demonstrates in every facet of Life is Wasted on the Living that music is their offering to society, and that they intend for the whole world to hear that offering.
It is rare that you come across a band that you truly believe will be Grammy winners and Billboard chart-toppers, and you wonder why you are blessed to know their music before they do. fiN is going to be huge, and Life is Wasted on the Living is just the beginning. So go and buy this album when it drops on March 25th, you won’t regret it. Because “life is wasted on the fools who walk away.”