Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps offer a passionate, timeless performance with “Heart’s On Fire”. He’s a true old soul for the way that the song evolves features a great degree of care, as he makes sure that patience is of the essence. Every detail matters as it filters on into the fray. By allowing all these many different elements to bounce off each other, he creates his own unique universe. Garage rock, classic rock, pop, these all blend into the mix. Vocals happen to be at the center of it all for they have a commanding presence to them.
Right from the beginning the tone is set as there is a great atmosphere to it. The volume is a must for his is a physical presence, one that looms large over the rest of the piece. From this a whole series of patterns emerges, intersecting in a way that adds to the masterful feel. Nods to revival groups like the White Stripes appear throughout for his is a stark, clear vision one unencumbered by unnecessary gestures. Indeed, every single moment matters for he lets his sound buildup to become a truly unruly beast, one that has a righteousness to it. For the final stretch he completely lets loose as the song ends in a delirious swirl of singing and riffs.
Volume is an absolute must for Tom Tikka & The Missing Hubcaps’ profoundly visceral classic rock ode of “Heart’s On Fire”.