ONE DAY SON, THIS WILL ALL BE YOURS
INSTITUTE RECORDINGS 24.9.07
Whether you loved or hated Busted (for the record, I fall into the former category), most people considered Charlie Simpson’s decision to turn his back on sold-out arenas and screaming girls in favour of playing toilets with Fightstar as pure idiocy. Like the pampered posh kid who longs to ‘rough it’ at Glastonbury, it was destined to end in tears. But, as any bargain bin vulture will attest, Busted have all but faded from the public’s conscience, whilst Fightstar have found favour with the Kerrang! crowd. Perhaps the boy Simpson isn’t such a daft sod after all.
Musically, however, ‘One Day Son…’ falls short of the triumph it should have been. Largely stuck in the same bog of mediocrity where previous Britrock ‘hopefuls’ such as InMe and Hundred Reasons languish, Fightstar bury much of their potential under leaden post-grunge textures. What’s strikingly obvious on opening track ‘99’ (sadly not an ode to ice cream) is their failure to pull off the big rock tune. Simpson’s rather limited vocal range doesn’t seem quite up to the job.
Fightstar fare much better on the more tuneful offerings such as the Lostprophets-flavoured ‘We Apologise For Nothing’ and ‘I Am The Message’, which both suggest that Charles hasn’t turned his back entirely on commerciality. Yet it’s the album’s surprisingly gentle electronic-flavoured closing track ‘Unfamiliar Ceilings’ that wins out and proves that, as far as Fightstar are concerned, heavier doesn’t necessarily mean better.