January, 2007, West Coast Performer Magazine
By Michael Fortes
For a band thats just over one year old, San Franciscos LoveLikeFire has accomplished quite a bit. Already having played live dates with the likes of Morningwood and the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the band commits six songs to posterity here on their self-released debut EP, Bed Of Gold. Through a mix of driving rock, occasionally moody chord progressions and gentle, atmospheric background vocals, singer/guitarist Ann Yu alternately howls like a punk rocker, sings it straight with a slight British accent and softly coos. Most prominent on the EPs opener Inner Space, this sound aims for both the feet and the fist on A Million Pieces by adding a pumping bass drum and emotive shouts of Go! Go! Go! Go! in its coda. Bullet Proof also provides a prime soundtrack for a frantic dance floor.
Yus British accent falls right into place and the bands U.K. influences start to come out on the distorted bass lines of Radio Nurse, recalling Radiohead. In fact, looking back to the early 90s, LoveLikeFire could easily be called the American version of Lush.
The sounds created
on Bed Of Gold thrive on musical drama with varied dynamics, drum
patterns and key changes in ways that arent always knock-you-over-the-head
obvious. Case in point would be the subtle placing of synthesized strings
in A Million Pieces and Radio Nurse. LoveLikeFire
also keeps the guitar sound fairly consistent throughout the course of
the EP, sticking to a limited pallet of musical colors. Slight, occasional
changes become all the more interesting against such a backdrop
these subtleties are the very things that make repeated listening to Bed
Of Gold such a pleasure. All bodes well for a full-length follow-up, but
until then this album remains a very strong debut