Philadelphia-based Fire in the Radio will release their sophomore album New Air on May 5th via Wednesday Records. The album is the follow-up to their 2015 acclaimed record Telemetry and can be pre-ordered now via Bandcamp at this location. Washed Up Emo has premiered “Drug Life” from New Air and the track is available to stream and share via SoundCloud. The band is also revealed an album trailer featuring clips from several songs from New Air. The trailer was shot by Adam Peditto (Cayetana, Thin Lips, The Superweaks) and is available below:
Fire In The Radio have announced the following intial tour dates in support of the release, including performances at Montreal’s Pouzza Fest:
5.18 Burlington, VT – Jim’s
5.19 Montreal, QB – Pouzza Fest
5.20 Montreal, QB – Pouzza Fest
5.21 Quebec City, QB – L’Anti
5.22 Boston, MA – O’Brien’s
5.23 Providence, RI – Dusk
5.24 Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville
5.25 Allentown, PA – The Alternative Gallery
5.26 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Earlier this month the band shared “New Air,” with Impose Magazine who said, “As an indie-punk ballad, the drawn-back vocals of ‘New Air’ illustrate a phenomenal contrast to the soaring instrumentation found throughout the track. Taking a breath just before the latter third of the song, you find yourself happily lost in the noise and emotion of the chaos that eventually closes it out.” 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. The result is a notably darker effort than Telemetry, and proves to be the bands most ambitious and successful collection of songs to date.
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 on New Air following significant touring in support of 2015’s Telemetry, which included performances at Gainesville, 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.