The Firecracker EP is Emilia Quinn’s second release during lockdown. It follows Mistakes – her first full-band recording, and it’s rock and roll country with a soulful, bluesy twist. This EP, much like Mistakes, is full of slow burns and hot summer nights, guitars that blaze and powerhouse vocals that leave you speechless.
The four-track EP opens with Drunk and builds through Nothing To Lose, Outlaw – Quinn’s favourite of the collection – and coming to a stunning climax with Ready to Fight.
Outlaw is a clear standout – it’s vibrant and anthemic and a wonderful celebration of independence and finding your tribe. Fittingly, Emilia called on her tribe to help with a strong chorus of vocals to close the song – credits include our friends Becky Lawrence, Shannon Hynes and Louise Parker, as well as stalwarts of the UK country music scene William Hope, Tommy Taylor, Stuart Landon, Rob Lewis, Danny Coffill-Brown, Luke Williams, Micheal Addy and John W Doyle.
Nothing To Lose is a poignant slow-burn full of metaphor. In it, Quinn details body image struggles and the unhealthiness in superficiality and obsession with numbers on scales. It’s the shortest track on the EP but probably the hardest hitting.
Finally – the EP closes with the line ‘I’m ready to fight now’ and I can’t think of anything more fitting for a young woman storming onto the country music scene. Emilia Quinn has already made a name for herself with regular live stream performances throughout the lockdown period, and she’s well-known for her grit and sass. This EP solidifies her as one to watch.