Gospel (Fireworks album)

Gospel (stylized as gospel.) is the second studio album by American rock band Fireworks, released May 24, 2011 on Triple Crown Records. The album charted at number 40 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. The album includes the hit single "Arrows"

Gospel
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 24, 2011
RecordedNovember–December 2010,
Salad Days Studio,
Baltimore, MD
GenrePop punk[1][2][3][4]
Length36:10
LabelTriple Crown
ProducerBrian McTernan
Fireworks chronology
All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion
(2009)
Gospel
(2011)
Oh, Common Life
(2014)

Background and compositionEdit

According to guitarist Chris Mojan, "Arrows" is representative of the album as a whole.[5] "Arrows" and "Teeth" show the band's maturing sound.[5] When asked about what influenced "Oh, Why Can't We Start Old & Get Younger", Mojan replied the group "LOVE pop music."[5] The creation of the song came from vocalist David Mackinder, who had a riff and a partial melody.[5]

RecordingEdit

Before the band went to the studio, they had tracked rough demos[6] in May 2010[7] and sent them to producer Brian McTernan.[6] The group had "immediate chemistry" with McTernan, they "knew we were in for quite the experience."[6] Gospel was recorded at Salad Days Studio, located in Baltimore, Maryland, over the course of five weeks,[6] in November and December.[8] The first week was pre-production; McTernan brought up the songs the band had sent him.[6] The band worked on the songs in the order they had been sent,[6] beginning with "Oh, Why Can't We Start Old & Get Younger".[5] The band made improvements where they felt were needed.[6] After these changes, McTernan tracked the band playing the songs live.[6] These versions became the basic draft for what the tracks would sound like at the end of the recording process.[6] After the week of pre-production, the group had 14 songs in total they "felt confident in", according to drummer Tymm Rengers.[6]

Rengers felt nervous working with McTernan, as Rengers considered him a "serious engineer", in the regards that "he wouldn't accept anything aside from the best".[6] Rengers would soon unwind and felt "extremely comfortable."[6] Drums were recorded first, then the bass was tracked.[6] The group primarily focused on "building a strong rhythm section".[6] Recording the rhythm guitar was easy for guitarist Chris Mojan, recording all the guitar tracks in a few days.[6] Vocalist David Mackinder worked "really long days towards the end" of the recording process.[6] Rengers "cringe[d] on the days when [...] Brian would just say "Dave, go warm up" and he'd have to start singing 15 minutes later."[6] McTernan would also engineer and mix the album.[8] Justin Caster provided organ and piano.[8] Ryan Smith mastered the album at Sterling Sound.[8]

ReleaseEdit

In December 2010 the band released an EP, Bonfires, while they were recording Gospel and announced the tentative release date of spring 2011 for Gospel.[9] On March 17, 2011 Gospel was announced for release, and the artwork and track listing was revealed.[10] On April 7, "Summer" was made available for streaming and as a free download.[11] A day later, the band went on a co-headlining with The Wonder Years,[12] before they dropped off on the April 11 date due to the death of Mackinder's father.[13] The band rejoined the tour on April 22.[13] On April 27, "Arrows" was made available for streaming.[14] Gospel was released on May 24 through Triple Crown.[10][nb 1] A UK edition was released by Banquet.[nb 2] The iTunes deluxe edition includes two bonus tracks: "Gloom" and "The Weekend Before Halloween".[17]

The group went on a headlining tour with support from Hostage Calm and Mixtapes.[18] Shortly afterwards the band went on a temporary hiatus.[19] According to Mojan, "Everything was getting to be a little much. [...] There was a lot of pressure in our lives, in our relationships with people at home."[19] In September and November, the band supported Polar Bear Club on their Clash Battle Guilt Pride tour.[20] On September 22, a music video was released for "Arrows".[21] It was directed by Thom Glunt.[22] In March and April 2012 the band supported Set Your Goals.[23] The band played on the 2012 edition of Warped Tour.[24] In January 2013, the band supported All Time Low and Yellowcard on their co-headlining tour of Canada.[25]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk9.2/10[4]
Alternative Press     [26]
Big Cheese3/5[27]
Rock Sound7/10[2]

Gospel received acclaim from both the critics and the band's fan base.[28] The album was included at number 5 on PopMatters' best pop punk releases of 2011 list[3] and at number 35 on Rock Sound's "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time" list.[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Arrows" – 3:38
  2. "I Was Born in the Dark" – 2:23
  3. "X's on Trees" – 3:24
  4. "We're Still Pioneers" – 2:19
  5. "Teeth" – 3:03
  6. "Oh, Why Can't We Start Old & Get Younger" – 2:55
  7. "Summer" – 2:56
  8. "Life Is Killing Me" – 2:48
  9. "I Am the Challenger" – 3:02
  10. "Paintings of Paul Revere" – 2:43
  11. "I Locked My Time Capsule" – 3:26
  12. "The Wild Bunch" – 3:33
iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks
  1. "Gloom" – 2:54
  2. "The Weekend Before Halloween" – 2:36
Japanese edition bonus tracks
  1. "I Grew Up in a Legion Hall" – 3:06
  2. "Five Years" – 1:19
  3. "Like Ships in the Night" – 3:23

PersonnelEdit

Personnel per booklet.[8]

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums[29] 40

ReferencesEdit

Footnotes
  1. ^ U.S. Triple Crown 3145[15]
  2. ^ UK Banquet KT 1024CD[16]
Citations
  1. ^ a b Bird, ed. 2014, p. 70
  2. ^ a b Ritchie, Andy (May 21, 2011). "Fireworks - Gospel - Reviews". Rock Sound Magazine. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Hauck, Kiel (December 14, 2011). "The Best Pop-Punk of 2011". PopMatters. p. 2. Archived from the original on August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Nassiff, Thomas. "Fireworks - Gospel - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Fireworks - 07.06.12". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Rengers, Tymm (June 10, 2011). "Hurley / STUDIO JOURNAL: FIREWORKS". Hurley. Archived from the original on June 12, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Fireworks Demoing". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c d e Gospel (Booklet). Fireworks. Banquet/Triple Crown. 2011. KT1- 024.CS1 maint: others (link)
  9. ^ "Fireworks announce new digital EP 'Bonfires' for December". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Fireworks announce 'Gospel' and May 24th release date". Alternative Press. March 17, 2011. Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Common, Tyler (April 7, 2011). "Fireworks release new song "Summer" for free download". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Tours: The Wonder Years / Fireworks / Such Gold / Make Do and Mend / Living with Lions". punknews.org. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Karan, Tim (April 19, 2011). "Fireworks to rejoin tour with the Wonder Years". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "ABSOLUTExclusive: Fireworks". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  15. ^ "Gospel - Fireworks - Release Information, Reviews and Credits". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 11, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  16. ^ "Gospel - Fireworks - Release Information, Reviews and Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  17. ^ "iTunes - Music - Gospel (Deluxe Edition) by Fireworks". iTunes. Archived from the original on November 2, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  18. ^ "Tours: Fireworks / Hostage Calm / Mixtapes". punknews.org. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  19. ^ a b Chang, Richard S. (March 18, 2014). "Fireworks - 'Oh, Common Life' Album Premiere". redbull.com. Archived from the original on August 9, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  20. ^ "Polar Bear Club announce tour with Fireworks, Balance And Composure, Make Do And Mend, Such Gold". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "Exclusive Premiere: Fireworks' "Arrows"". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  22. ^ Fireworks "Arrows" Official Video. YouTube. 22 September 2011. Archived from the original on 14 August 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  23. ^ "Set Your Goals announce tour with Cartel, Hit The Lights, Fireworks and Mixtapes". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on March 8, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  24. ^ "Breathe Carolina, You Me At Six, five others added to Warped Tour 2012 lineup". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on June 25, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  25. ^ Gallo, Alex (October 16, 2012). "All Time Low and Yellowcard announce Canada tour". idobi. idobi Network LLC. Archived from the original on March 5, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  26. ^ Shultz, Brian (May 17, 2011). "Fireworks - Gospel". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on June 3, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  27. ^ Owen, Rachel (May 30, 2011). "Fireworks - Gospel | Album Reviews". Big Cheese. Big Cheese Publishing Ltd. Archived from the original on July 7, 2016. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  28. ^ Nassiff, Thomas. "Fireworks - Oh, Common Life - Album Review". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
  29. ^ "Fireworks - Chart history (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Archived from the original on April 10, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2015.
Sources
  • Bird, Ryan, ed. (September 2014). "The 51 Most Essential Pop Punk Albums of All Time". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (191). ISSN 1465-0185.

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