A question that continues to go unanswered is exactly what we do with the rock of the ‘90s within the context of future labels.
What you call it currently — grunge, alternative or radio rock — might not be what it will be called in 50 years. Therefore, the question must be asked: How long until we call the stuff that comes out of that genre “classic rock?”
Frederick’s Fan Of Radio most likely don’t care. Because as “Burn (Into The Fire)” proves, they are going to keep doing what they do, all classifications be damned. Do you like the guitar tones of a Staind? How about the vocal stylings of a Shinedown or a Three Days Grace or even a Gavin Rossdale? Singer Erik Nefores takes a tiny bit from all those influences to create his own take on the genre and not only does it work, but it also inspires those Gen X-ers to fire up their Discman for one last go around the DC 101 block.
And what’s wrong with that? The further away popular culture gets from that blend of rock being mainstream, the more likely it is that the Millenial set will ultimately get hip to it sooner rather than later. Such is why “Burn (Into The Fire)” isn’t just a fine piece of work for what it is; it’s downright refreshing. Rock on, boys.
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