Fatal Mistake, The - Die Trying

Have Blink 182 found themselves a new singer and reformed?


As I sit back and take my first listen to the debut album of UK band The Fatal Mistake I can't help but feel like I am listening to one of my boyfriend's Blink 182 albums (pick one…any one will do). But there is something different here…and I don't just mean the lack of puerile subject matter.


The Fatal Mistake has been together since 2001. Their debut album Die Trying was first released in the UK in September 2004 through the band's own label Stitched Up Records. More than one year later (November 2005) it is unleashed onto Australian audiencs through Modern Music/SonyBMG.


The album consists of 12 tracks and with most of them there is a real sense that you are listening to American Pop/Punk/Rock, but with a different accent. I guess this is the case in some of the songs not only because of the similarity with the aforementioned band but also because the music holds a certain Green Day style as well. The albums' namesake track depicts a dark side to the bands. Tracks like 'All In Vain', 'Bugged', 'Bar Crawler' and 'Stay Together' are outright favourites for this reviewer. The band seems to have writing catchy choruses down pat. I find I am singing them in my head (and sometimes out loud) hours after I have been listening to them.


Paul McGivern - on vocals and lead guitar – is the frontman for this trio. His vocals seem at times a little strained but all in all his voice lends well to this style of music. I particularly enjoy him belting out the chorus of 'High Wall Falling'. Along with the vocals and guitar, the rhythmic thrum of Russell Williams' bass guitar and the constant fast beats from Damon Roots' drum kit all piece together to form a sound, that whilst not being the most original, is one that is quite enjoyable to listen to.


It seems as if it is par for the course with pop-punk that all songs sound the same. This is usually due to the fast drumbeat I suppose. On first listen it can be difficult to differentiate between songs, as song variety seems to take a back seat to the style of the music. I have listened to this album over ten times now and after that many listens you really start to enjoy and pick up on the differences in each track. It would be ever so easy to take one listen to this album and categorise it and not give it a proper chance.


I can't really say that I have a lot of music on my CD shelves from UK artists. In fact I am trying hard right now to think of one. Do a couple of Bush albums from several years ago count? Anyway, this album has grown on me and it has earned a spot on my CD shelf as well as a place in my car's CD selection. And for those who buy this album and enjoy it, you might be interested to know that I hear the lads are touring Australia in 2006.

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