Kill The Alarm: Fire Away

After listening to Kill the Alarm’s debut album, Fire Away, it was surprising to hear such a confident sound come out of band who resides in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, (disregarding, of course, the fact frontman Garen Gueyikian hails from neighboring New Jersey). Surprising because, out of place that’s gritty and crawling with hipster trash comes a radio-friendly pop-rock album that is equally infectious.

On the nine tracks that comprise Fire Away, Gueyikian’s emotionally powerful vocals are layered over concentrated guitar rhythms and sonorous drum beats, often mimicking the accessible intensity of Lifehouse and Edwin McCain (best heard on title track “Fire Away,” “Never Come Around,” and “Immune”). It’s first-time effort that’s clean, crisp, and solid – a guilty pleasure for those who secretly listen to Matchbox 20.

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