Win a signed copy of Fightstar’s ‘Be Human’ Deluxe Edition

Today in the UK, March 1st, Fightstar re-released their 2009 album Be Human as a deluxe edition and EspyRock has a signed copy for you!

Be Human was originally released on April 20th 2009 – “This is our biggest sounding record and we’ve done it with our bare hands, just blood, sweat and tears the whole way.”

As dramatic as it sounds, Fightstar vocalist and guitarist, Charlie Simpson could almost be accused of underestimating the challenges the band faced during the recording of “Be Human”, their third album and first self-funded release.

After parting company with Gut Records, who released the band’s previous album, 2007’s “One Day Son, All This Will Be Yours” and the b-sides collection “Alternative Endings”, at the end of 2008, the band decided to release “Be Human” in partnership with their management company, Raw Power, on a brand new label – Search And Destroy. “The music industry is changing and bands have to change with it,” says guitarist and vocalist Alex Westaway, “We realised we needed to be in control.”

That new found control has extended to the recording of the new record. After working with Colin Richardson  (Funeral For A Friend) and Matt Wallace (Faith No More) on their previous two albums, the band opted to co-produced “Be Human” with long-time friend of the band, Laruso guitarist Carl Bown. Simpson says, “We were incredibly lucky to work with two of the best producers in rock. We learned so much from them that it felt like the time to try doing it ourselves. Carl did an exceptional job.”

“Be Human” grafts the group’s trademark gift for darkness and ability to write killer hooks with a newly developed cinematic sensibility. Bassist Dan Haigh says: “We’ve always wanted to transcend scene. We’re hoping the music reflects that. Our greatest influence in the last year and a half has been the music of [film composers] Hans Zimmer, Vangelis, David Mansfield and John Williams. Everything we’ve done musically has been about translating emotion in a filmic sense.”

To help them capture their vision of creating truly cinematic music, the band turned to celebrated arranger Audrey Riley (Muse, Coldplay). Simpson says: “Working with Audrey was a dream come to true. We had these ideas but she brought them to a whole new level. I sat in the studio thinking, how did we get to do this? It was an ambitious feat to get sixteen string players on the record.” Appropriately, given the band’s filmic inspirations, “Be Humans” strings were recorded at AIR Studios in North London, Hollywood’s home away from home when it comes to recording movie scores.

“Be Human” also finds Fightstar in a more positive place. Its title is a call to arms. Haigh says: “It’s about core human behaviour. Core morals seem to have been eroded in favour of the pursuit of material possessions and some kind of elusive cool.” But rather than focusing on the darker elements of life, Fightstar are trying to offer solutions and encourage their fans to ask questions. “This time our messages are wholly positive. There’s a lot of negativity around in society but we’re singing about coming together,” says Simpson.

And the triumph of “Be Human” is itself about a group of people coming together to create something great against the odds. As Abidi says, “Sometimes big budget records can really cloud things. When you have these constraints people are doing it for the love of music.”


The Deluxe Edition of Be Human, includes four newly recorded tracks which never featured on the original version, as well as a fully re-arranged track listing.

New songs featured on the Deluxe Edition include:

  1. A City on Fire
  2. 28k Resolution
  3. Its Blood is Black
  4. Mvua Nyeusi

You will also receive a DVD titled “Unplugged at the Picturedrome”, which features the bands unplugged performance in Northampton on December 16th 2009.

Live performance set list:

  1. Palahniuk’s Laughter
  2. The English Way
  3. 99
  4. Battlefield
  5. Sleep Well Tonight
  6. Vincent
  7. Our Last Common Ancestor
  8. Cross Out the Stars

As well as behind the scenes footage and band interviews, you will also have access to four music videos:

  1. The English Way
  2. Mercury Summer
  3. Never Change
  4. A City on Fire


  • This competition is open worldwide! Be advised the DVD may not work on Region locked players outside of Region 2.
  • The competition ends March 15th 2010.
  • On the above date, a random draw will take place with the winner contacted immediately by email to confirm your details in order to ship your prize.
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  • If you do not reply and claim your prize within 3 days then an alternate winner will be selected through another random draw.

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One Response to “Win a signed copy of Fightstar’s ‘Be Human’ Deluxe Edition”

  1. Awesome giveaway! Hope to win!