bonfire night

10 Tunes To Light Up Bonfire Night

In preparation for the flame-fest on Saturday, here are some pretty big fire-related tunes to help out with rocking Bonfire Night away!

Crown The Empire – Burn

CTE‘s cover of the Ellie Goulding hit was released on Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 alongside some of the biggest names in rock at the moment, and it is a great rendition in its own right.

Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire

While not the most traditional rock track, Billy Joel has to be on the playlist. As one of the most talented solo musicians around, it is hardly surprising this song became the absolute classic it has.

Nickelback – Burn It To The Ground

While a potentially controversial choice, this Nickelback track is one of the better ones from their catalogue. Chad and the boys clearly had another reason to write this track but it seems close enough to the Guy Fawkes spirit for the list.

PVRIS – Fire

Aside from the fact a PVRIS show burns every venue to the ground, this absolute anthem will be sure to get everyone in the spirit to douse a garden in petrol and light it up to celebrate the bonfire festivities tonight…

Metallica – Moth Into Flame

As the second single from the upcoming Metallica album, this track is metal mastery at its finest. Put this in the playlist for a serious mosh at midnight to drown out all those fireworks all over the place.

Avenged Sevenfold – Shepherd of Fire

As Avenged Sevenfold are all the rage at the moment, it seemed like a good plan to throw in a reminder of just how good this track is. Coupled with that Metallica track, use wisely to liven up the night when the party gets a bit down.

Fall Out Boy – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)

As one of FOB‘s greatest hits to date, Light Em Up has become a fan favourite across the world and helped them gain some of their “household name” status. Oh, and there are some pretty big flames in the video…

Earth, Wind & Fire – September

Slightly cheating, but this classic dance track is one of the best tracks of the 70s definitely. Use to finish off Bonfire Night or get the party started, for this one is useful at any point throught a night.

Tonight Alive – The Fire

Who doesn’t need some emotional pop punk in their bonfire party playlist? Answer: nobody. Tonight Alive are a definite staple in any playlist and there are few in their catalogue that beat the aptly named The Fire.

The Prodigy – Firestarter

This track became one of the most extreme yet fantastic products of the 90s: a video that puts even the most twisted mind on edge mixed with a furious electronic rock song seems to win people over? Can’t imagine why…

Cold Collective – Bachelorette Party

Cold Collective are the newest group of ex-Transit member Tim Landers. With his band bulked up by members of post-hardcore mob Defeater, his creative brush was set to paint the blank canvas. Bachelorette Party is the result of the hard work, and the brooding, sonically huge package is interesting and varied enough to remain enjoyable and even may get your foot tapping a little.

Feel Out opens proceedings in relatively disappointing manner when considering he following tracks. It acts as an excellent window to the musical direction of the album. Rather than utilising the obvious aggressive tendencies with his Defeater backing band, Tim Landers has instead opted for a popper sound that is layered excellently. The music often breaks with legitimate punk rock, like in Tred but also allows focus on funky slap bass lines in No Escape. The diverse inspirations the band are taking from make for entertaining songs that continue to sound fresh.

The brooding emotion that oozes out the speakers is extremely similar to what Citizen were doing back on their debut Youth and as such suffers from the same set backs. The brooding atmosphere becomes a drag eventually, especially when juxtaposed with the often up beat and dance worthy music, kinda like when your best mate sulks in the corner when your trying to cut shapes in the dance floor. It gives the band a bit more identity sure but it certainly sacrifices some enjoyability factor.

Bachelorette Party boasts strong song writing, and that’s is the thing that should be championed the most. Despite the dragging, sulky vibe the album carries like an albatross across its neck, the song quality and great music are enough to carry the album through to the end. Perhaps through utilising the aggressive and creative output of the backing band more, Cold Collective could mould their best elements into a sonic wall that boasts not only tremendous song writing but also a well executed and well mixed sound that oozes charisma. For now though, what we’ve got is a decent album with a face like a smack arse.

6/10