Fragile Creatures – … And Other Wild Things

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Fragile Creatures, judging by their recent string of live shows and accelerated attention on music streaming platforms, are up to something. The Brighton-based indie-pop quintet have a lot to bring to the table, they possess the knack of writing songs that seem to break their specific genre conventions all the while maintaining the stylised musings of modern bands that not only make the tracks totally listenable, but also, rather interesting.
If the last point seems vague, I’ll deliberate. After traipsing through their song lists I have come across some real highlights. ‘The Chemicals’ is a song that has instrumental depth and hooks, hooks everywhere. The rhythm of the track is really left of the field, the upstrokes of the guitars are reminiscent of old ska tunes but can be superimposed onto the likes of the mid-nouhgties indie-pop giants like Razorlight or The Coral. Despite the rhythms that flash back ten years, the instrumentation of the tracks provide us with elements of pop-rock that are totally original and contemporary, for example; there appears to be a rotary organ sound that acts as a mainstay for the band’s entire catalogue of songs and it really adds something for the listener to be surprised by (especially on songs like ‘Ready To Go’ where the organ syncopates to the rhythm of the guitar stabs).
Having had a nosey on the band’s SoundCloud, I was incredibly surprised to see that their ‘teaser’ track, ‘Stowaways’, for their upcoming album (being released mid-March) has over 150,000 listens, accompanied by a hoard of comments that pertain to getting up and dancing in one’s bedroom. So, it’s fair to say that Fragile Creatures are pushing their listeners’ buttons. And why not? They have some excellent production on their tracks as well as having inoffensive qualities that make their sound incredibly marketable, which is probably why they have the wonderful opportunity of supporting the old Britpop band, Space at The Haunt in April.
Having listened to, and liked, almost all of their songs (where accessible), I only have one issue. The lyrics, in my opinion, need some work. At points they can be vague and sometimes they create stories that don’t appear to go anywhere, on one of their strongest songs, ‘Stowaways’, there are some throwaway references to political despondence that at first seem pretty edgy, but upon a second listen you wonder where it is heading. But then again, Fragile Creatures have created their own successes and garnered a wide audience of listeners and if the lyrics are a part of that success they may not need to be changed at all.
Overall, I’d say that Fragile Creatures are going places. Their music isn’t really to my taste but I have a lot of appreciation for their songs; musically sound (with odd habits that make the band memorable) and pretty much flawless production. They are definitely worth a listen, even if it’s just to say that you ‘remember Fragile Creatures before they were on Radio 1’.
Words by Harvey Dent
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