Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!
7:30pm, Sat 25th February, 2012
Goodgod Small Club, NSW
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Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! are a band that are as restless to succeed as their animated name suggests. Originating with high-school mates cutting their teeth recording and playing, a line-up shuffle and twin vocalists later, and theyre tearing up national festivals the likes of Big Day Out, Come Together and Laneway.
Continuing to play high-profile tours with international names (Born Ruffians, British Sea Power, Band of Skulls) as well as home-grown heroes (Bertie Blackman, Dappled Cities, John Steel Singers), while toiling for eighteen months on what would be the climax to their underdog story, their debut album Sea Priest. Their hard work was vindicated by critical praise from key blogosphere players Mess + Noise and The Vine, as well as gaining high-rotation with their singles Little Cowboys, Bad Hombres and War Coward from independent stations like triple J and FBi. Sea Priest saw F!SRF! touted as promising hopefuls, and now theyre determined to deliver on fulfilling that promise.
Having weathered the storm of their debut and its subsequent national tour, F!SRF! have re-focussed towards crafting their sophomore effort. Under the auspices of fresh management, the young guns of Viceroyalty, theyre working harder, longer and more intensively towards a more refined evolution of their unique mix of agitated pop hooks, textured sonic contrasts and the vigorous momentum of five kinetic players working in unison. Having bonded with UK producer Gareth Parton (Foals, The Go! Team, Holy Fuck) over a love of angular guitars and beer, the band nestled into Sing Sing studios to create a polished article worthy of their new-found determination and musical direction.
Recorded by Adelaide producer Matt Hills (Wolf and Cub, The Salvadors) and mastered in London by Nilesh Patel (Bjrk, Air, The xx); the shimmering result is lead single Panther Shrine, a perfect portrait of the bands contemporary powers. Fuelled by its central looping guitar riff, it expands into a spacious landscape of dreamy synths, curdled guitar lines and popping bass; all led by the trip-hop chanteuse melodies of Caitlin Duff.
At once both a stark contrast to, and natural evolution of their sound, Panther Shrine is indicative of a group learning their lesson of less is more. Shifting their focus from dominating their songs with a flurry of tricks and ideas, to allowing an orderly arrangement that stands upon key elements. Or, in their own wise words, less saturation, more composition.
2011 marked national tours with Kimbra, Stonefield, Eskimo Joe and Guineafowl offering audiences the chance to experience F!SRF!s wealth of new material across the country ahead of very special shows later in the year including triple js Digital Radio Station Launch a support for the legendary New York Dolls and Peats Ridge Arts & Music Festival on New Years Eve.
F!SRF! are a group with visionary ambition, possessed of the discipline and conviction to fulfil it while remaining true to the spirit and tenacity of their indie roots.
Supported By: Sures & 1929 Indian