Tonight we watch the burning cars shining bright
I’m positive that the entirety of God Save the Manics EP are songs that were intended to be b-sides for Lifeblood’s third single but when that didn’t happen, they were released as an EP of their own. All the signs are there: the Japanese LB bonus tracks counted with the offerings of this EP total five tracks, just like all the Lifeblood singles had five different b-sides (the Japan tracks are counted because Japanese bonus tracks have always been released on the later singles of the album by the band). One song from each b-sides group got a Patrick Jones directed video for itself. Firefight got one, released shortly after the EP.
The Firefight video is pretty pish, by the way. The not so exciting adventures of a snare drum across the landscapes. Woo.
Firefight is my least favourite of the three songs offered on the EP. It’s nothing bad musically – in fact it carries some lovely melodies and is thoroughly memorable. It’s actually quite a good song although more of a b-side than something you’d put on an album. It’s kinda like an uplifting rock anthem from the This Is My Truth era transferred into the Lifeblood world. The reason why it feels a bit wonky is because the production isn’t on par with the standards of Lifeblood. Instead it’s slightly gutless, lacking in impact somewhat. It effects this one more than it does the other tracks of the EP.
Of course, the blame could entirely be on my digital copy, perhaps the CD has a better sound quality. Wouldn’t know. These are CD rips though so eh.
An interesting bit of trivia comes in the fact that it’s a James song, as in he wrote the lyrics. Which would make this the second and so far the last Manics song with his lyrical input. Sod knows why he ended up doing the lyrics but they’re good. The chorus is a bit eh but I do like the verses.