A Q&A with Fire, Said The Albatross

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Progressive post-hardcore – or mathcore, if you will out of West Michigan…

What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
Our newest single is ‘Pumpkin Spiced G. Rover Cripes’. This track means a lot to us. We live in Michigan where we have a lot of brutal winters, so we wanted to display a lot of that imagery within the song as well. This track is sort of a new step in the future direction of the band.

What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
This year with the pandemic; it threw off a lot of our schedules so just trying to get into the studio all together or in a timely matter became very difficult.

Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
Our drummer and founder Douglas Bishop recorded and edited the track before we sent it to Stephen Hawkes to have it mixed and mastered. The combination of working on it ourselves and having someone who saw our vision both keeps it feeling like us while also giving it the cohesive big sound that we have grown to love from the genre.

What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
We want people to connect with the vibe of the tracks while also finding connections on a personal level to some of the lyrics, and for our real dedicated fans we want them to search for the story of the world that we have interconnected through all of our songs.

How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Our songs start written by drummer and founder Douglas Bishop. He writes the skeleton and the rest of us supply the flesh, blood, and muscles whilst also adding our own twist on the skeleton provided.

What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
Dance Gavin Dance, Of Machines, Circa Survive, Dillinger Escape Plan, and many others have influenced us. We like to take influence from all music from the bands listed above to underground rap, anime, movie scores and more. We try to incorporate tons of wild influences so you never know what you might get, but we also want to keep it in the same mathy, progressive, post-hardcore sound that we love.

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What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
Any country that allows us and anywhere that loves what we do.

If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
‘Pumpkin Spiced G. Rover Cripes’, our newest single. It is a really good blend of our tamer sound. It’s a good one to get up and dance to as well, as it gives you a chance to go absolutely nuts.

What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
We want to put out as much music as we possibly can, as well as some projects for the other nerds like us.

Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Please check out our newest single ‘Pumpkin Spiced G. Rover Cripes’, out on all major streaming platforms, and thanks for listening to what we had to say!

For more info visit: facebook.com/FireSaidTheAlbatross

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