Last weekend I had the opportunity to catch a fantastic pre-release show by our Bloomington Illinois friends, Tim Kramp, Ed Anderson, and Matt Anderson from Backyard Tire Fire. It was an awesomely full day of music for me and the perfect way to cap-off a GREAT summer day.
The sonically adventurous album, produced by Ed Anderson and Tony San Filippo, is full of road-tested performances of well-crafted songs. You'll find hints of Tom Petty, Wilco, and even Pink Floyd, with songs about time, space, and place--longing for home, saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, trudging through the daily grind, and knowing when to sign on the dotted line.
There are plenty of rowdy guitars, big
bottom bass, and rock-steady drums as you would expect on a Tire Fire record, but also fun
studio experimentation, honky tonk pianos, swirly synths, sliding pedal
steel, rich strings, and muted trumpet. I love the vibey orchestration (literally with vibraphone in spots), such as on the clever and catchy tongue-twister and maybe my favorite song out-the-gate, 'Shoulda Shut It.'
Other standouts for me so far are the title track (featuring Brian Choban on trumpet), the hooky 'Time With You', the crowd-pleasing 'Welcome To The Factory', the playful 'Legal Crime', and the wonderfully wistful final track 'Home Today'.
The guys are about to hit the road for a midwestern tour, starting with
a kickoff show at the Metro in Chicago on September 5. Other stops
include Iowa City, Madison, Minneapolis, Columbia MO, Kansas City, St.
Louis, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and more. Check
out their site for specific tour dates.
Our friend Fish is joining the band on tour to help with guitars, keys,
and backing vocals, and he's meshing perfect with the band, helping to reproduce all those great studio textures.
Go buy the record, be sure to stop and see BTF on this tour, and tell them we said hi!