Written Friday, October 11
The jaunty piano riff that opens the song is a bit reminiscent of the great Sir Elton John. Those playful staccato notes really get things rolling quickly, and it rolls right into a great catchy hook. When the horn joins in you can’t help but feel good. Then the group singing comes in with the hook, “We’re all kids who are playing with the fire.” It’s the best start to a single that I’ve heard in a long time. The first forty seconds of this song is a perfect elevator pitch for everything Dan Moxon is about. It communicates so quickly and effectively everything you need to know about his music. You should know by the first minute of this song whether you’re gonna be a Dan Moxon fan or not. For me it’s a resounding yes.
For those who don’t know, Dan Moxon is the frontman of a great Vancouver-based band called Bend Sinister. Fun fact: I used to be neighbours with their guitarist, Joseph Blood. While Moxon’s music has similarities to Bend Sinister, it’s different enough that you can understand why this song is appearing on his solo project, instead of on the next Bend Sinister album.
The album that this song is from was recently released on all platforms. I urge you to check it out, especially if you like this song. The other singles from this album, The Blue, and Where You Gonna Sleep Tonight are fantastic. I’ll probably be posting a review of the full album soon.
You can listen to Playing with Fire here: