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Within Punk Zine catches up with Fire In The Radio at Pouzzafest 07 with an intimate acoustic track of "Lionel Hampton Was Right". Fire In The Radio's Sophomore Album New Air Out Now On Wednesday Records.
"The Philadelphia scene has always been pretty vibrant; the rest of the world has just finally started to notice it. The past few years have seen everyone from The Menzingers and Beach Slang to Modern Baseball and Restorations impress with wildly original albums…Fire In The Radio is the latest Philly band to keep the streak alive." - New Noise Magazine
"Jawbreaker Fan? Meet Your New Favorite Band, Fire In The Radio!" - Washed Up Emo
"Philadelphia natives Fire In The Radio opened the show with their upbeat brand of indie rock. Playing a set of songs that draw heavily in style and delivery from '90s acts like Superchunk and Jawbreaker, the four-piece managed to find a balance between raging punk outbursts and moments of subtlety." - Exclaim
"Fire In The Radio might just be the catchiest band in their genre." - Punk News
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 onNew Air following significant touring in support of 2015’s Telemetry, which included performances atGainesville, 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.