Deja vu. If Oleanderâ€™s â€œFightâ€ sounds like a late â€˜90s post grunge masterpiece, youâ€™re not going crazy. If you think youâ€™ve heard the song before, youâ€™re not crazy either. Featured in WWE â€™12, the song is a catchy rock anthem youâ€™ll have on repeat.
If anything, â€œFightâ€ confirms that the long forgotten four-piece is back and in a big way. Known for their 1999 album â€œFebruary Sonâ€ and the hit â€œWhy Iâ€™m Here,â€ the band, tired from touring an the industry, went on a self-imposed five-year hiatus and then took five years to finish their new album â€œSomething Beautiful.â€
The wait was worth it.
After an engaging guitar riff from Rich Mouser, vocalist Tom Flowers jumps right into the tune with a quick verse. Steve Brownâ€™s drum work is also uber clean. Talk about banging on the drum all day- this guy works hard here. But itâ€™s the catchy hook and lengthy guitar solo that make this track perfect for radio. Simply put, â€œFightâ€ is an anthem before a big game or fight; thereâ€™s a reason why this song was in a video game- it gets you excited.
The spoken word verse from MMA legend Uriah Faber, who ironically sounds a bit like Flowers, so much so that you might not notice unless you pay close attention, also adds another level to the coolness factor of â€œFight.â€
With killer guitar and drum work and Flowers on the mic, Oleanderâ€™s â€œFightâ€ is primed to be one of the bandâ€™s biggest successes ever.