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Hotter Than An Austrian Dungeon

O'Doherty's impassioned guitar freakouts on the more unconventional offerings, are both engaging and entertaining. Catch them before they explode.

Freebutt, Brighton - 7/10
"It's hotter than an Austrian dungeon in here", casually notes frontman Cahir O'Doherty to a mixture of laughter, murmurs and downright disapproval.  On a Sunday night, with the comedown from the Great Escape festival well and truly setting in, Derry's Fighting With Wire attempt to inject a final burst of energy to the proceedings with their brand of balls-out, hardcore influenced alt-rock.  From the off, it's evident that FWW are a band in turmoil over becoming a hugely marketable radio friendly success or an immensely credible underground leviathan.  With a mixture of the abrasive ("My Armoury") and the serene ("Sugar"), here is a band undoubtably adept at both.  However, the more middle-of-the-road sings showcased tonight stray a little too close to the Foo Fighters to go unnoticed.  That said, FWW live, with O'Doherty's impassioned guitar freakouts on the more unconventional offerings, are both engaging and entertaining.  Catch them before they explode.

- Chris Shipman, Rock Sound