Leixlip, County Kildare
October Fires second single 'Pray' out now!
"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 have a special bond, consisting of best friends, family and newlyweds.
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.
Their music is continually inspired by this balance, and the time of year is such a favourite that band members Carol and Eoghan even held their wedding on October 28th 2017, cementing the future of the band!
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.
Eric, Carol's brother, was the final piece of the puzzle, much to the delight of the other members, joining what has now become a tight musical outfit. Their style is difficult to pin down but fans have likened their sound to 'Radiohead meets Tori Amos'
The band describe their music as haunting, harmonic, dark pop with a fusion of musical influences from choral music : classical : pop : soul : funk : rock. Their lyrics and vocals range from dark to airy, whimsical to witchy, embedded with gritty and driving sounds.
"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)
The band's debut EP is set to be released Halloween 2018.
|22 Sep 2018||20:00||Tea Lane Graveyard Chapel, Tea Lane, Celbridge, Co. Kildare||October Fires Rare Acoustic Set|
|27 Oct 2018||20:00||TBA, TBA||October Fires EP launch - Secret Venue|