Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!
The title of Sea Priest is almost an opening allusion to the music itself. The ability for limitless self exploration and discovery through perilous and unfathomable depths and onto calmer waters. The enthusiasm and energy that resonates through the debut album by Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! has been categorised as everything from their early post punk leanings through to the more recent and rather ambigious title of "doom pop".
Despite this defition, members of the band seem to relish the opportunity to explore new sonic territory. Drummer Samuel Stearne, “We certainly don’t want to lose that pop sensibility … It’s always good to have something that doesn’t make you completely insular and exclusive and that’s the reason we love pop music. It always comes back to the pop hooks … I think the better hooks we can write and the more convincing job we can do of writing a pop song, the better.”
Initially discovered through Triple J's Unearthed intiative (winning a prized slot on at the Homebake festival), the relentless touring juggernaut throughout 2009 has seen the band tour and support the likes of Sia, Born Ruffians, Dappled Cities, Bertie Blackman, Hungry Kids of Hungary and I Heart Hiroshima, as well as play Big Day Out and Laneway festivals. The album was written during this period, enlisting the help of producer Matt Hills, whose work with fellow labelmate Wolf & Cub's 'Vessels' made a lasting impression on the young six piece, as well as former Sediken member and engineer Mirko Vogel.
REVIEWS OF FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE!'s 'SEA PRIEST'
After a promising string of releases trailing all the way back to 2006, this Adelaide six-piece finally deliver a debut album that's as eerily compelling as it is complex. Eschewing their straightforward post-punk sound of the past for more free-form experimentation, FSRF bury a twisted pop sensibility beneath scribbling twin guitars, insistent rhythms and a palpable sense of tension. It's captured best in the throbbing urgency of "War Coward" and jangly rush of "Animal Spirit Guide" but there's light there, too, in more upbeat tracks like "Witch House" and "Dogma Don't"...
...this is a brash and beguiling debut offering.
*** 1/2 stars
JASON TREUEN, ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE AUSTRALIA APRIL 2010 EDITION
Written over a number of years, the debut album from Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire! bears all the hallmarks of a group traversing through self-discovery...
...an avalanche of musical ideas saturate songs like ‘War Coward’ and opening salvo ‘Ghostress’, they do showcase a band with a keen eye for detail, deftly weaving threads of melody in and around each other.
**** stars (Jmag)
DOM ALESSIO, TRIPLE J HOME AND HOSED PRESENTER / MESS AND NOISE REVIEW
Singer Caitlin Duff is a versatile vocalist, going from sensual purr in the new wavey Witch House to dark and intense in the brooding nu-gaze of Dogma Don’t. Guitarist/vocalist David Williams and Duff prove effective duet partners in the jet black waltz Cold Star. Also present is new single Little Cowboys Bad Hombres, which opens with a shimmer of Rhodes electric piano, before being interrupted by a choppy guitar riff and call/response verses between Duff and Williams. While they haven’t yet reached the palatial majesty of, say, Howling Bells, these Adelaide youngbloods are definitely in the right ball park.
*** 1/2 stars
MATT THROWER, RAVE MAGAZINE BRISBANE
Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!s profile has been significantly raised over the last two years off the back of a variety of major achievements (SOYA Award Nominees, JJJ Next Crop Artist), combined with regular radio play and an endless touring schedule. The vibrant young Adelaide band have played all of the big name festivals such as HOMEBAKE, PARKLIFE, LANEWAY and BIG DAY OUT.
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FIRE! SANTA ROSA, FIRE! 'SEA PRIEST ALBUM TOUR' all dates with Deep Sea Arcade
Friday May 28 – Rocket Bar, ADELAIDE SA
Thursday June 3 – Oxford Arts Factory, SYDNEY NSW
Saturday June 5 – The Troubadour, BRISBANE QLD
Friday June 11 – Newton Workers Club, MELBOURNE VIC
DAPPLED CITIES 'WINTER TOUR' all dates with John Steele Singers & Fire! Santa Rosa, Fire!
Thursday, June 10
Fowlers, Adelaide, SA
Thursday, June 17
Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Friday, June 18
Prince of Wales, Bunbury, WA Saturday, June 19
Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA Thursday, June 24
ANU Bar, Canberra, NSW Friday, June 25
Beach Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Free show Saturday, June 26
Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD