Album Stream: Fire In The Radio – ‘New Air’

Album Stream: Fire In The Radio – ‘New Air’

We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Fire In The Radio’s New Air (listen below), which is officially scheduled to be released on May 5th (US/Canada) and June 16th (UK/EU) through Wednesday Records. You can purchase the album here.

The album is the Philadelphia-based band’s follow-up to their 2015 acclaimed record Telemetry. New Air finds the band pushing their unique brand of up-tempo indie-punk in a fresh direction incorporating elements of new wave, grunge, and shoegaze drone into tightly crafted pop songs. Theresult is a notably darker effort than Telemetry, and proves to be the bands most ambitious and successful collection of songs to date.

New Air was recorded with Steve Poponi at Gradwell House studios (Beach Slang, Into It. Over It.) with additional engineering by Angus Cooke. The record was mixed by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, White Lung) and mastered by Alan Douches. Fire in the Radio began work on New Air following significant touring in support of 2015’s Telemetry, which included performances at Gainesville, Florida’s FEST and Montreal’s Pouzza Fest.

“We could have recorded a ten-song album, but that would have required us to put three shit songs on it which we simply refuse to do,” the band says. Few quotes more accurately sum up Fire in the Radio’s focused self-edited approach to song-writing, which is on full display on their most recent seven-song album New Air. As the title suggests, New Air finds the band pushing their unique brand of up-tempo indie-punk in a fresh direction incorporating elements of new wave, grunge, and shoegaze drone into tightly crafted pop songs.

From the driving beat and haunting oohs on the album’s opener and title track, to the head nodding rock anthem “Drug Life;” each of the songs on New Air reveal themselves in stark and immediate ways without meandering. Even on the album’s mid-tempo closer, “Holy Shit,” the pace and delivery of singer Rich Carbone’s vocals remain frenetic. And though Carbone hints at subtlety as he sings “carved your name on the wall, it’s buried in white, a ship for all seasons,” it’s all just a set up for the album’s blistering closing chorus replete with overlapping vocal and guitar lines.

Tour Dates:
May 18 Burlington, VT – Jim’s Basement
May 19 Montreal, QB – Pouzza Fest
May 20 Montreal, QB – Pouzza Fest
May 21 Quebec City, QB – L’Anti
May 22 Boston, MA – O’Brien’s Pub
May 23 Providence, RI – Dusk
May 24 Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville
May 25 Allentown, PA – The Alternative Gallery
May 26 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
October 27-29 Gainesville, FL at FEST 16

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