As has been previously noted by some real radio heavyweights, WFMU is throwing a party this weekend with some amazing bands, and oh by the way it's free and you're invited. It's all going down at Southpaw over there in Park Slope, Brooklyn this Saturday, April 28th - which happens to be my birthday, but they tell me that has nothing to do with it.
I'm here to introduce you to one of the bands we scored for this gig: I first got hooked on Flaming Fire in 2001 when they sent WFMU their shockingly great-and-varied-yet-uniquely-cohesive debut CD "Get Old and Die With Flaming Fire". In the interest of consistency, here's what I said at the time, when they first performed live on my radio show:
Flaming Fire are Brooklyn's own purveyors of electric brimstone revivalism! If the Good Lord's gotta secret backroom speakeasy, Flaming Fire's the houseband! Flaming Fire make ye wanna shout! Flaming Fire is all about the noisy pagan folk-goth, dark & red - sorta like a young urban person's guide to Current 93, Jackie-O Motherfucker and The Wicker Man. They delighted us with costumes, theatrics, and a performance aesthetic that imported a Greco-Roman Chorus from Dante and gave it long hair and pogoing! All the members of the group gathered 'round the boiling cauldron of samplers and chanted, incanted and intoned.
Actually, I said some of that in September 2003, when they played on my show for the second time. They've since moved to our hometown of Jersey City, expanded their lineup, and applied their endless musical curiosity to a couple new albums. By the time of 2003's "Songs from the Shining Temple", they'd evolved into one of my favorite bands. With this year's "When the High Bell Rings", they've become one of WFMU's favorite bands. Realaudio listen links galore on this list of WFMU playlists featuring Flaming Fire.
Jump the flip for handy links. See you Saturday!
Official Flaming Fire comic, written by bandleader Patrick Hambrecht and drawn by bassist John Mathias
The Goddess of War comic, by co-lead singer Lauren Weinstein. Incidentally, Lauren says the Goddess of War broke up with Cuniglius Cronk a long time ago, which I think is a real shame.