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Fit For Rivals
By: Scott Turney
Fit For Rivals is a five piece rock band residing in Florida. They are currently signed with Big 3 Records and this new EP ‘SUGAR’ is only a taste of what’s to come soon from the band. ‘SUGAR’ kicks off with “Special Kinda Crazy”. The song starts off with some piano playing and a slow drum beat followed by vocalist Renee Phoenix showing her vocal abilities. Renee goes from her signature style of singing to some surprisingly high notes, which is a treat for the listener. “Special Kinda Crazy” tries picks up the pace halfway through with some impressive guitar work but the slower piano tone bring it back down again.
The next song on the EP “Light That Shines” has a few elements that really “shine” on this song. First the bass and guitar work on this track makes for a great flow. Second, Renee is at it again showcasing her vocal skills especially near the end of the song where she sings “How could I ever live without you by my side, you’re a light that shines.” followed by a thirteen second long “WOAH”. Unfortunately besides that one standout part, the song is very repetitive.
The third track off of ‘SUGAR’ is “Freak Machine, and it’s the best song off of the EP so far.”Freak Machine” is very upbeat and catchy. The pace of the song is faster than the two prior songs which is a good change. Renee continues to show her vocal range and even adds more “woahs” in the song. Something that was great to hear was the guitar solo. It was short and sweet but it made the song that much better.
The last track on this EP was “Hit Me” and it is a very in your face song, not only instrumentally but lyrically too. With lyrics such as “So come on mother fucker!” (which is followed by Renee showing off her screaming abilities for the first time on the EP), and “If you’re gonna hit me, hit me like a man!” The song is great, and the listener will have a fun time jamming out to this. Overall ‘SUGAR’ started out slow, but got better with each song. The EP only has 4 songs, but that’s all it needs to show the growth in not only vocalist Renee Phoenix, but the rest of the band as well . ‘SUGAR’ is full of catchy choruses and great instrumental work and it’s a solid EP worthy of 3 out of 5 stars.
POP DEFLATORS RECOMMENDS: “Hit Me”