Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fire on Fire

Fire on Fire is a collaboration between ex-Cerberus Shoal members and Micah Blue Smaldone, a folk guitarist. Members are also in Big Blood, probably one of my 5 favorite bands ever (a post on them should be coming shortly). From ex-Swans/current Angels of Light mainman Michael Gira:

"They used to be the art-punk-prog-chaos collective Cerberus Shoal, but they ditched their electric instruments, went into hiding for a while, and now play all acoustic-stand up bass, mandolin, banjo, harmonium, accordion, acoustic guitar, dobro etc etc, and they all sing and harmonize on the songs. Live, they do it "old school" and just use two mics placed in front of them on the stage, like a bluegrass band. They all live in the same house up in Maine, across from rusting green oil tanks, apparently. To me they sound like a backwoods, fierce, psychedelic Mamas And The Papas or a crazed and joyously vengeful gospel string band. They're great people and I love their music. It's all acoustic, but it's not in the least Fire On Firefolky. More old-timey incantations - American music with excellent words and performed with the honed violence of intent that truly great music requires. They're a total blast live. They just recently played my back porch actually (!!!!) for my wife's birthday and it was one of the best live music experiences I've had in years."

I've collected everything I could find which is their debut 5 song EP, a song from their forthcoming album "The Orchard" and an unreleased track that will probably end up on the album. Highest possible recommendation.

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