“Fire’s arms reach across the globe to all sorts of destinations looking far and wide for the most exciting new music on the planet” John Kennedy, Radio X
Alongside an impressive support of the underbelly of contemporary music, Fire also has an roster of established artists from The Chills (NZ), Josephine Foster. Howe Gelb & Giant Sand, Bardo Pond, Evan Dando and The Lemonheads, Half Japanese (all US) and many many more.
Originally founded in 1984 by Clive Solomon and the late journalist Jonny Waller the label trailblazed through the late 80s and 90s before burning brightly and burning out, right before the indie revival. Fire was the original maverick Psychedelic Art Pop label born out of the DIY independent label boom of the late 70s, and for sure, the Blue Aeroplanes with their revolving troupe of poet, dancer, record scratcher and massed guitars, were absolutely the closest thing around to the Exploding Plastic Inevitable of old; it intrigued and entranced with the splendidly surreal tales of early Pulp; embraced the famed pop shambolism of the Television Personalities, the baroque pop of the Moles, the legendary lo-fi art-rock terrorism of Half Japanese, and a wonderful tapestry of outre pop stretched over 30 years; and then on a tangential path, lay the pastoral psychedelia of Lives Of Angels and the overarching sonic sounds of Spacemen 3, right up to the bombastic majesty of Bardo Pond, and the transcendental psychedelic primitivism of garage rock’s lounge lizard and unsung hero, Dave Cloud.
Fires is an elemental flame which still connects and resonates with the label’s current flag-bearers.
In the last few years James has also founded sister label Earth Recordings, critically acclaimed, and award nominated, for its attentive and beautifully presented work with Bert Jansch and Mikael Tariverdiev it has fast become the UKs answer to Light In the Attic.
Hot on the heels is Frost, the soundtrack arm that launched with (Tangerine Dreams) Paul Haslingers acclaimed soundtrack to Halt And Catch Fire as well as re-issuing cult soundtracks to iconic cult classic Blue Velvet, A Scanner Darkly and Miracle Mile. Frost also had success recently with its original score to the Multi Award winning indie sensation “Lady Bird”, one of the years best selling soundtracks.
Fire has also ventured into film with the launch of Fire Films‘The Ballad Of Shirley Collins’ the definitive document of one of Britains most iconic folk singers premiered at the London Film Festival and will be followed up by two films currently in production; “The Chills” and “King Rocker”.
“A really great label …they’re always putting good stuff out” Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music