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KICK UP THE FIRE to release self titled record on November 15th

September 9, 2010 by  

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KICK UP THE FIRE to release self titled record on November 15th

Debut EP from ex- Johnny Truant and Down I Go Members. Out on You And Whose Army? Records

Spawned from the murky depths of the London New Cross scene, Kick Up The Fire deliver angular rock & roll with strict ideals. The South-East London four-piece formed in early 2009, drawing influence from post-hardcore acts such as Q and not U, At The Drive-In and Cursive. Childhood friends from Italy, Andrew and Kenny formed ‘Raid on the Arcade’ with art-student Thom Wicks in late 2007 after working together at a local art-house cinema in Greenwich.

Andrew and Kenny had shared various unpursued projects with Down I Go’s Marek Bereza and Alan Booth (also bassist with Johnny Truant) throughout the noughties. As a result the band were invited to play Down I Go’s album launch for ‘Tyrant’ in mid 2008 which was to be the band’s first show.

On the basis of that show Alan and ROTA agreed that he would manage the band with Johnny Truant front man Oli Mitchell. They set about recording material but after a few months, in early 2009, we collectively decided to reform with Alan on guitar and write a more angular material under a new name – Kick Up The Fire.

In January 2010 the band started recording their debut mini-album with Ben Standage (Drummer – Down I Go). First release in several years on You And Whose Army? Records, the album mixes offbeat instrumentation, influenced by all manner of DC acts (and beyond), with British trade-off vocals. Marek of Down I Go and Alan of Johnny Truant both contribute guitar.

Highlights include the superb breakdown in the last third of These Canvas Shoes and the relentless, irresistible melodies of No Fun In London. Gang vocals and enthusiasm permeates throughout – even through the gentle build of Because Of You that closes the record.

Clocking in at under 18 minutes, Kick Up The Fire deliver the same energy on record as they do live – never outstaying their welcome and rarely letting up the pace. As first impressions go, this is a fine one.



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