Posts Tagged ‘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

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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

‘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 Kristen 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

Releases May 22nd, 2020

Argentinian grrl group Las Kellies return with new album ‘Suck This Tangerine’ out 27th March on Fire Records and will be touring Europe in Spring 2020.
Sucking you in, Las Kellies takes us straight back to the party reminding us of what we’ve been missing with their libidinous mix of garage, punk and dub. Thrashing it out on the dancefloor, ‘Suck This Tangerine’ deals with the
difficulties of a society in never ending crisis (‘Funny Money’) to the highs and lows in relationships (‘He’s Who’, ‘Let You Go’) and there’s a guest appearance from ex-Kellie Julia Worley on ‘Close Talker’.
Recorded at home in Buenos Aires, the chemistry of the duo’s formative years remains as does their febrile new wave post-punk sound soaked in fiery dance beats and dub-pop. Their first release since 2016’s ‘Friends & Lovers’ was “impressively varied” (The Vinyl District) whilst “seamlessly melding psych/fuzz pop, post-punk attitude and dance beats” (Louder Than War).
Las Kellies are Cecilia Kelly (bass, guitars, vocals) and Silvina Costa
(drums, percussion and vocals).
Releases March 27th, 2020

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Melbourne’s RVG return with their highly anticipated second album, “Feral”.

Following their beloved 2017 debut ‘A Quality of Mercy’RVG perform the tricky alchemy of combining rock’s urgency, punk’s anarchy, and pop’s empathy to create a record that feels vital: Feral is a catharsis, a call to arms, and a forthright indictment of contemporary complacency. ‘Feral’ was recorded at Head Gap studios with producer Victor Van Vugt (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Beth Orton).

Internationally renowned, Van Vugt currently resides in Berlin, Germany and travelled to Melbourne to work with RVG. One of the producer’s key tenets is a sense of spontaneity, of capturing the essence of a song’s live performance, a concern that RVG prize above all else when recording, RVG return with new single “I Used To Love You” from their highly anticipated second album. RVG perform the tricky alchemy of combining rock’s urgency, punk’s anarchy, and pop’s empathy. A goodbye that’s devasting in its simplicity, ‘I Used to Love You’ is shattering, potent and powerful. Simple and sincere, the track breathes through the pain. “There’s a lot of power in reclaiming yourself but also a lot of sadness. I adore Tom’s video and feel like it captures the energy of the song perfectly.” Romy explains.

The band recorded the album’s instrumentals live to track, allowing their playing to be infused with the kind of electricity that has seen the band’s live show lauded across Australia and internationally.

‘Feral’ is RVG’s first full-length release in three years and marks the beginning of an exhilarating new era for the band. Both a cry for help and a call to action, this is an album that demands your attention.

RVG is Romy Vager, Reuben Bloxham and Marc Nolte.

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