Before they perfected doleful indie rock on their 'In Evil Hour' album, The Room produced 'Indoor Fireworks'; a record in keeping with the glum, post-punk noises of the early 80's. As such this 1982 release is not nearly as distinctive; made up of slate-grey production values whilst Dave Jackson struggles to inject the songs with the personality required. Respite arrives in the spit and vitriol of 'Chatshows' and 'Conversation' whilst the likes of 'Things Have Learnt To Walk That Ought To Crawl' and 'Candle' point the way forwards to a more optimistic rock sound. The live tracks are unremarkable but the more experimental nature of the three B-sides included give further evidence of how they were broadening their horizons. Making this essentially a work in progress before The Room mastered their songwriting craft.