Song On The Radio

Philadelphia-based Fire in the Radio will release their sophomore album New Air on 16th June via Wednesday Records.

The album is the follow-up to their 2015 acclaimed record Telemetry and can be pre-ordered now at Bandcamp. Today the band revealed the official video for “New Air” from the upcoming release. The video premiered at Pure Volume and can also be shared at YouTube.

Speaking about the video the band says: “’New Air’ was written as a response to the current divisive climate in our country.” They add, “It’s told from the view of two people struggling to find a way forward in an untenable relationship. As we were conceptualizing the video we wanted something that embodied these concepts. The director, Adam Peditto, helped us settle on the idea that using color would be a unique and compelling way to express this narrative. Thus, throughout the video you see a juxtaposition of red, blue and purple underlying the story of the two main characters. It gives the video this film noir-type quality. Adam and his team beautifully shot these images over two winter days in Philadelphia that included dramatic temperature shifts, strong winds and (as the video depicts) a fairly significant thunder and lighting storm. The result is video that is reflective and haunting, yet hopeful, and perfectly captures what we were trying to convey.” 

Last month Washed Up Emo 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 was shot by Adam Peditto (Cayetana, Thin Lips, The Superweaks) and is available to share at YouTube.

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.