Posts Tagged ‘Fire Records’

Sun Racket

“Sun Racket’ is the brand new album from legendary Boston trio Throwing Muses, consisting of Kristin Hersh, David Narcizo and Bernard Georges.

The follow up to 2013’s ‘Purgatory/Paradise’ is an outpouring of modal guitars, reverbed shapes, echoey drums and driving bass set behind Kristin Hersh’s well-thumbed notebook of storylines. a ten-song opus of suitably wrought tales set against a wall of sound that’s at once calm and ethereal before building into glorious cacophonous crescendos. when Throwing Muses wrote their last album, they were shattered. Pieces were coming and going, elements repeating and charging the whole. “it sounded beautiful jumping around like that”. two-minute songs reappearing as twisted instrumentals or another song’s bridge.

They mimicked the effect live which kept them on their toes. whatever was happening was already over in other words. “Sun Racket’ is the opposite. it refused to do anything but sit still. it says, “sit here and deal”. “all it asked of us was to comingle two completely disparate sonic vocabularies: one heavy noise, the other delicate music box. turns out we didn’t have to do much. “Sun Racket’ knew what it was doing and pushed us aside, which is always best. after thirty years of playing together, we trust each other implicitly but we trust the music more” – Kristin Hersh and so, they continue. business unusual. “a ground-breaking band who changed the face of alternative music rather than follow the rule book.” Mxdwn “pioneers of the 80s/early 90s college rock sound” pitchfork “one of America’s finest guitar bands”..

Taken from the new album ‘Sun Racket’, out on Fire Records 4th September 2020.

A London-based independent label . Founded in 1984, Fire Records continues its history of maverick and inspired A+R. The turn of the millennium has seen Fire rise, phoenix like, under the watchful eyes and ears of A&R supremo James Nicholls and through a series of acclaimed reissues and new releases, revitalising the careers of indie royalty along the way, the label has a raft of new releases from the outer reaches of the sonic spectrum, combining the cosmic pop of Jane Weaver, Virginia Wing, Islet and Pictish Trail with the haunting ambience of Death And Vanilla and the uncategorizable mind-melting Vanishing Twin to become the industry’s leading Psychedelic Pop label

Fire has simultaneously developed one of the most impressive rosters of influencial alternative artists, at the top of their creative game.  Amongst the labels many established artists are The Lemonheads, Howe Gelb and Giant Sand, Kristin Hersh and Throwing Muses, The Bevis Frond,  Half JapaneseSebadoh, The Black Lips and The Chills

After the success of last years ‘Outer Limits’ label sampler (and festival) we bring you ‘Auteur Limits’ a @bandcamp exclusive follow up with a suitably dystopian feel and a little light at the end of the tunnel. Painstakingly compiled and sequenced by A&Rs James Nicholls. Hassled and hurried along by Fire Italia/Jonathan Clancy. Enjoy !


Released June 5th, 2020

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Fans of the Throwing Muses have found themselves having to wait quite a bit longer for the trio’s new pandemic-delayed album “Sun Racket”, but they at least were are now rewarded with another new track off the album, the grinding rocker “Bo Diddley Bridge.”

Fire Records have delayed the release of the first new Throwing Muses album in seven years because of record industry complications due to the coronavirus. The 10-song album, will be the band’s 10th record overall, It had been due out May 22nd but now is scheduled to be released September 4th.

The band’s — singer/guitarist Kristin Hersh, drummer David Narcizo and bassist Bernard Georges — were in the studio last year when they played their first shows in five years, a handful of concerts and a slot handpicked by Robert Smith at The Cure’s Pasadena Daydream Festival outside the Rose Bowl.


FIRE RECORDS · Throwing Muses – Bo Diddley Bridge

Of the new song, Hersh says:

“My little boy, Bo, used to fish off Bo Diddley Bridge down the street before it collapsed, around the time our life collapsed. But we lived; we swam in a life sunshine somehow. And both bridges — the Bo Diddley one and the life one — were rebuilt around us.”

“Bo Diddley Bridge.” available through Fire Records 

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Originally released in 2013, “Purgatory / Paradise” gets reissued on double vinyl with a gatefold sleeve. Emerging ten years from a hiatus, it’s a formidable 32 track opus of tangible bliss from the alt-rock heroes. Devised as a book with essays by Kristin Hersh with art by drummer Dave Narcizo, it’s a fractured album about loss, most tracks are short, broken, some are even reprises. Everything is tentative with memories listed in order of disappearance – includes Milan about a neighbourhood in New Orleans where Hersh’s house was destroyed by hurricane Katrina, Static that deals with a close loss of a close friend and Terra Nova an ode to the band’s first break up.

Available on double Black Vinyl. Throwing Muses released their long awaited Purgatory/Paradise in 2013, 10 years after their previous studio album this vinyl reissue features all 32 tracks from these alt-rock heroes.

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Dons Savage is an unparalled talent, a savant of the perfect melody and lyrics which both touch and bite, a throwbook to the Carole King’s and Gerry Goffin’s of Brill Building pop, an instinctive penseuse besting the originators of the Riot Grrrl movement by responding to their conversations of rage and sexuality and finding a place in the world some years before the initial sparks of that particular revolution had even begun. Dead Famous People’s first real album, “Harry”, is now being unleashed to the world.

Dead Famous People first emerged in the 1980s, releasing on the likes of Flying Nun and earning praise from the likes of John Peel, who invited them in for a session. However, things didn’t work out and to the dismay of many fans, they never released a proper album. Three decades later Dons was tracked down by Fire Records and given the opportunity to finally enter the studio to record.  Somewhat more philosophical than her earlier work, Harry is an album that feels like the right one for a world of apocalyptic pandemic, uncertainty and quarantine. It begins with a healthy scoop of Dons’ earlier humour in Looking At Girls (expertly mixed by Dave Trumfio) wherein a woman learns of her lover’s car crash only to be told the cause was, well, look at the title. Goddess Of Chill is a paean to the forces of artistic inspiration in the face of ‘a little worry here, a little chorus there’.  Dead Bird’s Eye is a parable of environmentalism through the misdeeds of a small child.

Throughout these songs, Dons’ power over melody and knack for profundity in a single simple line is unchanged since Dead Famous People’s original incarnation. “Harry” is a rare record in a time of musical factionalism and a world divided into camps of wilfull obscurity and grotesque mockeries of stardom and art, a document of unadorned perfection which will make as much sense to you at sixteen as it will when you’re sixty.


This item will be released on October 9th, 2020.

“Bob bought a DFP single which we both really liked, we were drawn to the mystery of the band’s name and the melancholy tone of Dons’ voice.” Pete Wiggs – Saint Etienne

“There was a sense of excitement that something special was happening.” Martin Phillipps – The Chills

releases August 9th, 2020

HATER – ” Sift “

Posted: May 30, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Scandinavian group Hater return with new single ‘Sift’, a track originally planned to support the now postponed US Tour with Radio Dept. Radiating with elegant pop and classic rock hooks, ‘Sift’ is effortlessly melodic with stunning guitar work and a twinkling melancholy. Their noise-pop charms bring with it a darker undertone. The four-piece are currently working on their next album and follow up to 2018’s ‘Siesta’ set for release in early 2021. “Sift” triangulates the sweet spot between light indie-pop melody and heaviness. According to the track’s description on Bandcamp which Stereogum is quoted in — it’s “a song about love, the human condition and the dimensions within these relationships.”

Footage taken from the Prelinger Archives, edited by Caroline Landahl.

Order Hater’s Music:
‘Four Tries Down’ (2019), ‘Siesta’ (2018),’Red Blinders’ (2017)

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‘Wedding Of A Friend’ is the new single of Brigid Mae Power’s upcoming album ‘Head Above The Water’.

‘Wedding of a Friend’ features a range of exotic instruments that would have made the basis of a great video, but given the impossibility of assembling a full band at this time we decided to focus on the most distinctive instrument featured in the song – Brigid’s voice.

The song is a great example of the way she uses her voice not just to deliver lyrics but as an instrument in its own right. This comes into its own in the instrumental sections, and the close-up, unflinching camera shot helps reveal the intimacy and depth of the song’s narrative. Video by Rob Curry, filmed Peter Broderick.

‘Head Above The Water’ is the new album from Brigid Mae Power, a coming of age opus featuring a ground-breaking amalgamation of traditional folk and country.

‘Wedding Of A Friend’ is Brigid Mae Power’s new single, from her upcoming album ‘Head Above The Water’ (Out 05/06/20). Fire Records.

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Pictish Trail releases new single ‘Double Sided’ which includes unreleased b-side and Grandaddy cover ‘Now It’s On’ from his recent Marc Riley BBC 6 music 2019 session.

“This was the last song to be recorded on the album and is about the idea of living a virtual life, a sort of simulation existence. This track is kinda paired with ‘After Life’ from the previous album ‘Future Echoes’. It’s about how we present different versions of ourselves online, how we often experiment with how we wish to be perceived by others, and how there’s almost a sense of detachment from responsibility for our behaviour.” (Johnny Lynch – Pictish Trail)

‘Thumb World’ is out now, Fire Records.

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RVG’s new single, ‘Perfect Day’, is the next track from their new album ‘Feral’ out on the 24th of April. The dreamlike and majestic music video of ‘Perfect Day’ sees the band in a snowstorm much like the turmoil at the centre of this song.

“Perfect Day” is a song about visiting someone who’s in hospital, trying to give them the facade of a nice day even tho everything around them is awful.” Romy Vager (RVG) “Movies and TV shows set in the snow have always made me feel happy in a way I cannot quite describe, so filming RVG perform their song 500 times in the middle of a snow storm was a magical experience. I’m forever indebted to these lovely people and their beautiful music for giving me an excuse to buy a snow machine. I don’t know when or why, but I’m sure I will need it again.” Geoff O’Connor, Video Director

From RVG’s new album ‘Feral’ (out 24th April 2020).

Brand new music from the much-praised Vanishing Twin…“This is a band that fearlessly floats in the hazy space between the real world and an imagined one, blurring the line between warmly nostalgic and eerily haunted”

Following their hugely successful second album ‘The Age Of Immunology’ (roundly raved over by The Line Of Best Fit, PopMatters, Pitchfork, Q, MOJO, The Quietus and Uncut) and one of Rough Trade, MOJO and Uncut’s albums of 2019.

Cocktail umbrellas and chlorinated fantasies! It’s time to get cool in the pool with Vanishing Twin.  Here are four streams of analogue consciousness to super-soak your deckchair daydreams.

“Fantastical soundscapes that are as welcoming as they are unusual.” All Music


Available from Fire Records