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Classic Album Review: Fireside | Get Shot

The Swedish rock vets aim for the middle of the road on their domestic debut.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Now I get it — all those major-label talent scouts combing Swedish villages for the next Hives are signing bands in reverse chronological order.

Fireside may be the newest bunch of dirty-blond punks to bag a North American deal, but they’re actually old geezers on their hometown scene with a decade-long history, a handful of albums, and a metallic sound that influenced youngsters like Refused. With Get Shot, they finally get their shot on these shores. And to make the most of it, they retreat from the edge to the middle of the road. Toning down the guitar grind and tuning in with the alt-rock mainstream, Fireside present 10 tracks glistening with sweet melodies, vocal harmonies and catchy choruses aimed at winning a place on the post-grunge charts next to Foo Fighters. Which is all well and good, especially on choppy, pumping hookfests like All You Had — though for our money, they still sound best when they crank up and rock out on cuts like The Betrayer. Either way, Get Shot hits the mark.