Leixlip, County Kildare
October Fires debut EP release this Halloween!!!
"Their latest single is called ‘Pray’ and going by that, October Fires have found a perfect blend between beauty and otherworldy eeriness.
The vocals, crystalline and soulful, rise from the unsettling, murky shadows and cut a sway through a majestic collage of spectral swirls, dark and haunting atmospherics, and trip-hoppy beats to top off this chilling, beguiling and beautiful song perfectly. With its spooky, gothic, haunting and otherworldly aura, altogether, it makes for a rather compelling listen." (Barry Gruff)
"October Fires have been described as 'Radiohead meets Tori Amos.' Yet, even that doesn't do justice to the four-piece Kildare band. Their second single 'Pray', is a gothic pop gem that marries slow hypnotic harmonies to a jarring, haunting, yet gorgeous melody". (Hot Press Magazine)
" 'Pray', a song that reflects what October Fires encompass, not too spooky, not too comforting, keeping you slightly on edge but losing you in the interwoven harmonies and melodies” (Hot Press online)
"Kildare based band October Fires channel Lisa Hannigan-esque vocals on their new track ‘Pray’. Recorded and mixed by Gavin Glass, the song opens with gentle harmonies and could be mistaken for a folk ballad on first glance. It later develops into a cacophony of dissonant piano and guitar notes underneath billowing drums before a brief, tonal reprisal in the bridge. Altogether, it makes for an eclectic listen". (Nialler9)
"Speaking of trip-hop soundz, what begins like a harmonious indie-folk number, the new single from Kildare band October Fires, 'Pray', siphons itself off to the chill zone reminiscent of some middle point between Sneaker Pimps and Portishead. The vocals invoke a ritualistic incantation, free-flowing plonking piano progressions and bass add to that nonchalant care-free sense". (REMY)
October Fires are a four-piece group consisting of Carol Somers on piano, vocals and percussion, Lisa Baker on piano, vocals and percussion, Eoghan O'Neill on bass and Eric Somers on guitar.
The band's name was inspired by the smoky scent in the air walking home from practice one autumn night. October has a unique vibe, with its perfect blend of beauty and eerieness, a trademark of the band's sound and their music is continually inspired by this balance.
Carol and Lisa met in 2002 studying music in Maynooth University. They've been inseparable ever since after finding an innate ability to harmonise together, even being able to predict what the other is about to do! This bond has become the central feature of the band.
Their style is difficult to pin down but fans have likened their sound to 'Radiohead meets Tori Amos' but the band describe their music as haunting, harmonic, dark pop. They take influences from choral music, classical, pop, soul, funk, folk, rock and fuse them together to create 'their' sound.
"Husky vocals and soft snare drums take over, mixing slurred bass with a light smattering of guitar. The two female vocalists swap between jarring notes and uncomfortable harmonies in a way that feels well suited to their lyrics.
Singing of love lost and love found, personal stories and tales are re-told through soothing tones one second and jazz influences the next. They display a masterful range of emotion and musicianship, occasionally breaking out into big drumbeats and slick guitar riffs that lift you up and down. There be sorcery at work here and one listen will have you under their spell”.
Orlaith Nic Aidhne (Hot Press Magazine)
|27 Oct 2018||19:30||The Wonderful Barn, Celbridge Road, Leixlip, Co. Kildare||October Fires EP launch - with special guest support from Ross Breen||Buy Tickets|
|17 Nov 2018||20:00||The Cobblestone Pub, 77 North King Street, Dublin 7||October Fires Dublin EP Launch|