Fightstar formed in 2003 when Charlie Simpson first met Alex Westaway, whilst Simpson was still in Busted. When he finally left to join Fightstar full time in 2005, the band released their debut EP They Liked You Better When You Were Dead.
The EP was met with critical praise and frank surprise from critics expecting Simpson to be nothing more than a pop star attempting to be a rock star, a wolf in sheep’s clothing as some say. But they were solely surprised and with that praise the band went on to much success with their EP release.
The band’s first full length was released in 2006 and was titled Grand Unification. This album is a concept album based on the Japanese animation Neon Genesis Evangelion and the idea of two people facing the last days of life together on the planet before the world ends. This can be heard heavily throughout in the lyrical content. The album was received very well of the back of the band’s first EP and really launched Fightstar’s career.
Just one year later, continuing to keep their name in the press, Fightstar released their second album, One Day Son This Will All Be Yours. Whilst the album still had themes influences by the Neon Genesis Evangelion series, the album was an overall more personal affair for Simpson. The album was again well received by critics and continued to cement the band’s popularity in the UK.
The band’s third album, Be Human, was released in 2009. This album had a different sound, with the band adding in strings and a more orchestral element. This album was also the first to boast a more positive feel lyrically and the band was praised by critics for this directional change and experimentation.
It’s unusual for band’s who are riding on nothing but highs to decide to go on hiatus and do other things, but this is what Fightstar chose in 2010 and we haven’t heard anything new from the lads as a unit since. It’s unclear how long we’ll have to wait, but wait we will, as they’re a band who always write from the heart and make a big album.
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