BIO:The Fire Tonight is often described as progressive piano rock. Taking cues from artists like Radiohead, Muse, and Queen the Columbia, SC based band injects epic arena rock with subtle, sometimes narrative driven lyrics. Lead singer and pianist...
BIO:The Fire Tonight is often described as progressive piano rock. Taking cues from artists like Radiohead, Muse, and Queen the Columbia, SC based band injects epic arena rock with subtle, sometimes narrative driven lyrics. Lead singer and pianist Collin Derrick spent his formative years overseas in China, enjoying the off-kilter rock of Starflyer 59 and Jump, Little Children. Lead guitarist Jamie Heiting cut his teeth on Metallica and mid-90's grunge while two houses down the street drummer Stephen Russ honed his style to the likes of John Bonham and Outkast. The four members, including touring bassist Justin Heiting, travel from four different cities in three different states to put on their energetic live show. A sampling of the bands recent tour dates reveals their love for both smoke-filled rooms and high caliber regional venues
ALBUM PRESS-RELEASE:If Muse and Ben Folds threw a party in Thom Yorke’s head while he listened to “Rubber Soul” on repeat, it might sound a bit like The Fire Tonight’s debut album, “No One Is Fine.” Subtle and anthemic and why-the-hell-can’t-I-stop-listening catchy, “No One Is Fine” tiptoes into your headspace and refuses to leave. But after listening to all 10 tracks – thrashing rock-riffs and soulful piano licks side by side – you won’t want it to
And it almost didn’t get made
“We’ll either make it at this or fail – no middle ground.” Drummer and co-producer Stephen Russ’ ultimatum to the band was the don’t-look-back catalyst that kicked The Fire Tonight into high gear
Over the course of a year, the band stole every free moment to craft the tracks on “No One Is Fine”: Lead singer Collin Derrick crafted anti-emo lyrics backed by emotive melodies; guitarist Jamie Heiting injected his signature gusto into the album’s irresistible riffs and solos; and Russ glued it together with addictive beats birthed out of his “happy place.” In between full time jobs and grueling weekend gigs they snatched snippets of studio time; and – a bit here, a bit there – recorded and mixed their labor of love
Each track references the album’s common theme: everyone pretends to be fine, but no one really is. It’s a throwback to when albums were coherent creations rather than glorified mix-tapes stacked with radio-happy singles
“And then it came time to master the album and, well, the band was broke. Free beer from gigs only goes so far.” So they dug deep and financed “No One is Fine” on their own dime. Derrick: “We could’ve waited indefinitely for financing, or we could just get it done. Easy choice, since we truly believe in the album. It’s got our blood in it, quite literally.
“No One Is Fine” is available now through http://www.thefiretonight.com and select regional retailers. Shows in support are planned January-March all along the east coast.
Sound Bites: The Fire Tonight by The Free Times Far from being lamentably derivative, though, The Fire Tonight has distilled its influences into uniquely earnest, piano-pounding power-pop pleasure. Equally capable of gentle ballads and...
Sound Bites: The Fire Tonight by The Free Times Far from being lamentably derivative, though, The Fire Tonight has distilled its influences into uniquely earnest, piano-pounding power-pop pleasure. Equally capable of gentle ballads and high-energy riff-monsters, The Fire Tonight surely has something for just about everyone.
Top Fan Albums of 2008 by SceneSC.com [No One Is Fine] rocks from the opening seconds and from then on sends you into a roll coaster ride of piano driven tracks and riff driven guitar rockers.