FIRE IN THE RADIO - "NEW AIR"
Release Date: May 5, 2017 (US/CANADA) June 16, 2017 (UK/EU) Label: Wednesday Records
"This could really be a very brief review as only four words are necessary, i.e. You Need This Now...imagine late period Hüsker Dü growing up on early Merge albums and a copy of 24 Hour Revenge Therapy and you’ll understand how it doesn’t seem possible that anyone will release a better record this year." (5 out of 5)
- New Noise Magazine
"You know how sometimes you like a certain song because it has a melodic hook or a sweet guitar lick? But then there are these songs that hit you right in the feels and which are drop dead gorgeous. Well, here are seven of those." (9 out of 10) -Punk Rock Theory
"Fire in the Radio are a Philadelphia punk band who've been quietly acquiring quite the critical following since they released their acclaimed 2015 album "Telemetry," and "New Air" looks to inspire a whole new round of journalistic pant-wetting..." (8 out of 8) -Power Play
"Jawbreaker Fan? Meet Your New Favorite Band, Fire In The Radio!" - Washed Up Emo
Throughout "New Air" Fire in the Radio do the impossible in today's single buying/streaming only society: offer fans a collection of songs that each stay in your head while successfully crossing genres until the very end." - Rock and Roll Fables
"[New Air] is a product of a band desperate to be heard and is committed to making music that is both significant and stirring...Fire in the Radio take all the finest elements of 90s indie rock and grinds them into an awesome new form." -Jersey Beat
"Philadelphia natives Fire In The Radio opened the show with their upbeat brand of indie rock. Playing a set of songs that draw heavily in style and delivery from '90s acts like Superchunk and Jawbreaker, the four-piece managed to find a balance between raging punk outbursts and moments of subtlety." - Exclaim
“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.” 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 Philadelphia 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 2015’s “Telemetry,” which was released to critical acclaim. It also proves to be the bands most ambitious and successful collection of songs to date.
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.
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.
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. It will be released in the Spring of 2017.
Line-up: Richard Carbone (vocals, guitar), Adam Caldwell (drums), Jonathan Miller (vocals, guitar) and Ed Olsen (bass).
"If you took the angst and emotion of bands like Off With Their Heads and The Menzingers, the soulful melodic hooks of The Gaslight Anthem, the honest of The Wonder Years, and the no-bullshit approach of the sorely underrated Beach Slang, you'd end up with the budding, Philadelphia-based melodic punk outfit, Fire in the Radio." Kill Your Stereo
"New Air is a formidable, dynamic full throttle blast of impressive rock'n'roll. The band just crack on and provides us with two and a half minutes of musical fireworks, tremendous! Beehive Candy
"With the hooks of Gaslight Anthem, The leads of The Menzingers, and the melodies of classic melodic punk, Fire In The Radio combines their elements to form their new album,Telemetry....Fire In The Radio might just be the catchiest band in their genre. Their melodic songs are filled with powerful riffs and emotional vocals. Telemetry is a testimony to Fire In The Radio’s strength to write indulgently catchy songs that will never lose their luster." - PunkNews.org
"A melodic punk supergroup of sorts, Fire In The Radio are a band of punk and hardcore lifers who’ve pooled their resumes into an exceptionally catchy, well-written record, Telemetry. Think Samiam, late-period Jawbreaker, even Saves The Day." - Half Cloth
Heartfelt and emotive whilst still retaining the catchiness of great pop-punk. I honestly haven't stopped listening to the album since I was asked to review it and I'm hoping that comes across in my gushing praise...
Despite multiple listens I'm still not sure which track is my favorite. It changes every time and that, my friends, is what makes this so refreshing. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. - The Punk Archive
Caroline Borolla (US) @ Clarion Call Media
Will Vincent (UK) @ Prescription PR
Melanie Kaye (Canada) @ Melanie Kaye PR
Matt Donner @ Wednesday Records
Robb Haagsman @ Shine On