Tuesday, November 13, 2007

News:: Backyard Tire Fire can get you through your lull

I have to be completely honest. Lately, there hasn't been a lot of music coming across my desk that I'm overly excited to write about. I know it's the end-of-the-year slump (which you could argue started about halfway through 2007 if you are one of those sarcastic music haters), but it's also the overwhelming coverage some of the releases are getting.

Like most people, I'm a big R@diohead fan, but every blog and their dog has a daily update about the new record. The new Dan Bejar project (which normally I'd be all over) is getting the red carpet treatment, and I kind of figure that if you have to get that information from herohill, well, you might not be able to work the internet.

But one thing I noticed on the weekend is that Backyard Tire Fire (which was the name of my fantasy football team last year actually) offered up 6 free tracks from a live set at the Double Door. They played all of Vagabonds and Hooligans, and to get you ready for the new record they are giving you a free sample. The sound quality is clean, but the recordings really showcase the band's live show. The whirling guitars that end The Wrong Hand are full of the energy the band brings every time they step on stage. The AM radio, Southern rock vibe is hidden under big, rough guitars.

There's a reason this band has so many gigs floating around trading sites like Audio Archive. When they are in the studio, the title track showcases nice strings and delicate harmonies, but live it changes into a pint in the air sing-along. Gone are the dominating strings and instead the song is driven by a nice acoustic line and Ed's vocals. Even the more rocking studio numbers - like Tom Petty and Downtime - seem a bit more lively and rough around the edges. I'm not sure if they are going to release the full performance, but I hope they do, as these 6 songs are great.

MP3:: Vagabonds and Hooligans (live at the Double Door)
MP3:: Tom Petty (live at the Double Door)

web site

Posted at 12:29 PM by ack :: 0 comments

add to facebook add to del.icio.us Digg this Googlize this post add to Yahoo


Post a Comment