pMad Sets Us On ‘Fire’

pMad releases ‘Fire’ a thrilling banger which explores social issues and global apathy helped by enticing dance beats. 

pMad – Fire

Irish one-man project pMad has unveiled the second single off his new album I in Power. Expanding upon his progressive trance roots, Fire spares no use of thumping beats to illustrate its dark, introspective lyrics.

pMad conducts the song as some sort of haunting dissection of the dark times we’re going through. As is the norm in electronica, he never delves too deep into longer, more detailed rambles, preferring to focus on concise utterances and (not all that) vague phrases. Still the poignance of the imagery and his gruff punkish vocals never once fail to strike a chord, painting an exceptionally sombre picture. “You tell us a pack of lies”, “They wash up on the beach in their thousands”, he describes. “Would you like it all to burn and disappear?”, he then defiantly enquires, calling his listeners out on their apathy and lack of compassion.

Citing alternative rock and new wave heavyweights such as The Cure, Rammstein, and Depeche Mode as influences, the result (at least in this song) is somewhat more reminiscent of Tiësto’s “The Elements of Life” with its combinations of ominous vocals chanting dark lyrics set to a thumping, though somewhat gloomy, wall of electronic sound.

pMad is helmed by Paul Dillon, from Portumna, in County Galway, Ireland and, since its debut album Who Why Where What, has been making waves in the indie scene worldwide. The project was born in 2021 during the pandemic and aims at exploring its author’s reflections on both introspective and global issues. Further singles off I in Power are due through 2023 and 2024.

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Words Fernando de Oliveira Lúcio