Artist: Fiction Plane
Song: Walk Through the Fire
Sometimes no matter how good a band is, it still helps to ride family coattails. For rock act Fiction Plane, they didn’t start to get true national attention until they toured opening for The Police in 2007. Sting is the father of FP frontman Joe Sumner, and if you listen to the vocals, you can hear the family resemblance.
The group stands on its own though, crafting strong melodic rock that range from the funky (“Two Sisters”) to the anthemic (“It’s a Lie”). One of their strongest recent tracks is “Walk Through the Fire” from 2015’s Mondo Lumina. A sturdy song of regret with an enslaving hook, Sumner laments watching a friend go down a dark path he can’t follow; “It’s a shame, it’s a shame, I can’t follow you. I can’t walk through the fire”. Fleshed out with strings, acoustic guitar and a bubbly synth, it’s the kind of rock song that feels like it could have been written forty years ago or yesterday.