January Fire

Full Album show of Oct 17, 2020
Album: The Lion Tamer


Artist's Biography
January Fire began in late 2017 when I started to write the songs that would become my first release, a 6 track EP called Songs for an Albino Blackbird. I had been singing and playing guitar and bass for many years prior to this, in several bands around Bolton and Manchester, but wanted a vessel for purely my own folky indie material. The songs on the first EP were quite rough and ready in places, but on listening to them now I feel that they still stand up musically and lyrically. I have always been affected by themes that would generally be considered depressing, but I think there is a beauty in loss and sorrow, desolate and abandoned places, the onward march of time and the sweet uselessness of sentimentality, and these themes are always creeping into my songs whether invited or not.

At the beginning of 2018 I released my first full length album, Ride the Coattails. The album started with Hall of Mirrors, probably my most popular song and a lament about half forgotten holidays by the sea with a lost relative. Par for the course, as you will come to see. I also added more electronic elements on this album, as I am a fan of synths in their proper place, but these accents are subtle and not in the foreground for the most part. The album was favourably reviewed by Randy Radic for Rawckus Magazine to whom I am forever grateful.

https://www.rawckus.com/january-fire-ride-the-coattails-lp/
After a brief hiatus I started work on songs for my next album, The Lion Tamer, released in July 2020. Kicking off with Fracture and Divide – a dystopian vision of the impact of social media on all our lives – the album moves through mainly folk and acoustic waters with several electric and electronic interludes. On the whole, the album explores themes of loss, dereliction (I told you it was par for the course) and the semi-supernatural with most of the songs firmly set against a wintry backdrop. Great for a July release, eh?

The album contains the misplaced trilogy of The Lion Tamer, Funeral in Frost and Angel – a song apiece for a death, a funeral and whatever comes later. Undertow covers a couple of explorers entering and then being subsumed into a derelict house, whilst later The Passage speaks from the viewpoint of the former residents who exist there still, in some form. ‘The Lion Tamer’ itself is a symbol of death, able to bend the most steadfast of souls to its will, in the end.

About the Album:
This is covered above in the bio. Released 2020, genre - indie/folk. I don't have a website so have included my Spotify page, hope this is OK.


Featured Artist of Oct 3, 2020
with the song: Flowers in the Estuary

Artist's Biography
January Fire is the musical project of Rob – a singer, songwriter and musician from Manchester, England. Starting in late 2017 following several periods of playing in local bands, Rob started to write the songs that would become January Fire’s first release, a 6 track EP called Songs for an Albino Blackbird. The idea was to create a vessel for folky, indie songs that didn’t really fit with the sound of the live bands he had been part of so far. Influences would include The Decemberists, Neil Young, Sandy Denny, and The Shins. January Fire songs often contain themes that would generally be considered depressing; loss and sorrow, desolate and abandoned places, the onward march of time and bittersweet sentimentality, but hopefully in a way that shines a light on the hidden beauty of these things.
At the beginning of 2018 January Fire released a full length album, Ride the Coattails. The album begins with Hall of Mirrors, probably the most popular song and a lament about half forgotten holidays by the sea with a lost relative. Par for the course, as you will come to see. Also present were more electronic elements but these accents are subtle and not in the foreground for the most part. The album was favourably reviewed by Randy Radic for Rawckus Magazine (link below).
https://www.rawckus.com/january-fire-ride-the-coattails-lp/
After a brief hiatus Rob started work on songs for the second January Fire album, The Lion Tamer, released in July 2020. Kicking off with Fracture and Divide – a dystopian vision of the impact of social media on all our lives – the album moves through mainly folk and acoustic waters with several electric and electronic interludes. On the whole, the album explores themes of loss, dereliction and the semisupernatural (I told you it was par for the course) with most of the songs firmly set against a wintry backdrop. Great for a July release, eh?
On 30th September 2020, January Fire released a new single - Flowers in the Estuary. This is a an optimistic indie rock/pop song about finding contentment by taking the time to notice the beautiful things in everyday like.


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