There's something about The May Fire that grabs you by the scruff of the neck. Perhaps it's the cowbell chug or the brilliantly fuzzy guitars that demand your attention. Or maybe you're lured in by a voice that slithers like a lustier Patti Smith or Kim Deal. Whatever it is, it doesn't take more than a few notes to realize you're in the presence of a band that knows how to meld indie rock, simmering ache and indestructible pop chops into just the kind of ear candy we all have been secretly craving.
San Francisco based garage rock band The May Fire founders El Pipe (pronounced "peepay") and Catty Tasso met in LA's alternative rock scene in 2004 and shortly after moved to San Francisco where they joined forces with Nachito on guitar and Rob Gwin on bass. Bay Area guitarist Johnny Beane replaced Nachito in 2008. Their sound, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "brimming with charisma, punky attitude, and sirloin-thick hooks," carries happy echos of modern practitioners like Stereo Total, Jack White and Queens of the Stone Age and channels older voices like David Bowie, The Stooges and The Pixies. This can be seen on their raucous 2006 debut full length Right and Wrong which is immediate, sassy and full of twists and breathless adrenaline pumped gems. With origins from Chile (Cat), Colombia (El Pipe) and the U.S. (Rob and Johnny), The May Fire bring a unique interpretation to edgy, pop laden rock.
In 2007, The May Fire took it upon themselves to record and independently release a trilogy of EPs within one year, starting with Plastic Army. Within months they followed up with La Victoria, and in mid-2008 just barely made their goal with the completion of The List. In between each, the band has been touring up and down the West Coast to steadily growing audiences and has gained national attention with a recent stint with Latin super group Zoe, an appearance and videos in rotation on the MTV3 show "Indie 101" as well as the Spanish show "Pepsi Promueve.
PerformerMag: "A fearless maturity and an unrelenting tone that achieves both an aggressive punch and an acutely sensitive touch
Zero Magazine: "A charismatic appeal and energy that is undisputable... it's quite apparent that there's no end in sight for the young band
San Francisco Chronicle: "Sass-dripping stuff brimming with charisma, punky attitude and sirloin-thick hooks