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Hello Kids
Crank! Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
A collection of B-sides and rarities culled from the Swedish powerhouse's past releases and unreleased material, Hello Kids is a welcome refreshment after the long pause since Uomini D'onore's howling success. This American born copy is doubly desirable for its undercutting of the often steep import prices and the obvious lack of availability that imports generally suffer from.

Although it starts off with the soothing power ballad "Beautiful Island, Ugly Natives" do not be fooled; Hello Kids is about the guitar, the very loud, very driving, very rocking guitar. Their ability to switch from the sweetness of the opener to the relentlessness of songs like "Big Blue Elephant" in bright bursts or in subtle transition is Fireside's biggest asset. Nearly every pitch is a changeup of sorts and nearly every pitch hits the strike zone. One after another they roll off the assembly line - "Street Love" and "A Week at the Most" and even the fuzzy 8 track take of "Ambulance" captivate the listener.

One of the more standout tracks, "Fox" (recorded back in 1995) shows some of the hardcore/metal roots that have been obscured in their later, more melodic material. I wouldn't even bat an eye if Error Type :11 put out this song today, it is that solid.

Fireside has always enchanted me for several reasons, not the least of which has been their dependability in the clutch. When it comes time to deliver the goods, these guys always come through and Hello Kids is a winner all the way through. Another of the reasons that I check out most of their material is to see if that guy still has the gym teacher mustache. He does.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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