Fixer is a young band with a skanky old soul, a band wise enough to respect the past, but with a firm hold on what’s happening right now, on the precipice of cool. Fixer is bigger than life with high-energy songs... [more]
Fixer is a young band with a skanky old soul, a band wise enough to respect the past, but with a firm hold on what’s happening right now, on the precipice of cool. Fixer is bigger than life with high-energy songs and a live performance that leaves audiences sweating and begging for more.
The band’s Riker Hill Records debut, Before the Sun, reflects that multidimensional attitude. For Fixer it’s all or nothing. There’s no safety net, no back-up plan, no alternative. Fixer has its sights set on a life in rock; they’re ready to hit the road hard, sleep in the van, bring down the house, and party with their fans. And for Fixer, there is no alternative.
You can hear the band’s commitment to Plan A on Before the Sun. There’s a desperate excitement you find only in young bands, like Fixer, that are born to rock, that want it so badly it spews from every chord and cymbal crash. Fixer’s explosive grooves come from a band that demands to be taken seriously, a band that will not be denied, and whose patterns and influences reflect the greatest rock and roll of the modern generation.
Before the Sun mirrors a bevy of inspired influences, from the classic ’80s hard rock of GNR, ’90s prototypes like Stone Temple Pilots, and glam legends like Marilyn Manson to jam gods the Black Crowes and post-punk icons Green Day. Out of the box, it is an impressive, fully realized work; the opening “Tell No One” is a blast of infectious rock bolstered by meaty guitar hooks and Saffer’s sing-along lead vocal. From there the record soars, especially on tunes like the blistering title track; the Beatles-inspired “What It’s Like,” with its huge chorus and the melodic punk rocker, “Mixing In With My Blood.”
Fixer’s music is fearless and front man Evan R. Saffer exemplifies the best of the classic lead singers with his high octane vocals and live showmanship from the hard hitting gritty rock tunes (“Dirty Girl,” “Home Again”) to piano ballads like “When It Comes to You.” The band also stretches out like their heroes Led Zeppelin on the lighter-waving epic “Tuxedo,” a crowd pleasing, ten-minute chunk of chiseled rock that wraps up with a towering chorus of crushing chords. “We feel like ‘Tuxedo’ separates us from the pack,” says Rev. “With a couple of exceptions, bands don’t rock out the way they used to anymore. It’s a showstopper for us and has stood the test of time.”