#Top40Songs2012 by Sam Skilton
You only have to take one look at Billy Sullivan, lead-vocalist and guitarist of Watford-based band The Spitfires, to realise his inspirations. Easily mistakable for a young Paul Weller, he and his band-mates’ attire – pin striped jackets, Harringtons, sta press trousers, loafers, button up shirts and Fred Perry polos – has mod written all over it. It’s not just the image either, as ‘Spark to Start’ harnesses the clout and aggression of early-British punk. Written, according to the singer himself, about the “bland and uninspiring” modern music industry, it has the potential to hold the voice for a generation – if only it was paying more attention. But with experts already heralding 2013 as the year of rock and roll’s resurgence, it may well be perfect timing for bands like The Spitfires to roar once again.
Released: 12 November 2012
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