BROKEN FIRES REACH FOR THE SKY WITH: “BOUNDARIES”
THE EPIC CLOSING TRACK OF THEIR NEW EP: ‘NEW FRIENDS’ OUT NOW, VIA PHWOAR & PEACE RECORDS
“Armed with giant sounding guitars and even bigger hooks, Broken Fires aim for the sweet spot between energetic rock and roll and catchy pop tunes” - FAR OUT MAGAZINE
“American-sounding college rock with harmonies, high-pitched rattling keyboard parts and a Weezer-type solos” - BUZZ MAGAZINE
BROKEN FIRES release their long-awaited ‘New Friends’ EP, via Phwoar & Peace records.
Their first extended release in some 5 years, the South Wales trio dust themselves off with a collection of four varied new tracks that find a band broadening their sound and spreading their wings.
The EP closes with the exceptional “Boundaries”, a stately string-laden track that shoots for stratospheres of stadia. Featuring Angharad Jenkins of Calan, the track finds Broken Fires adding lush textures and heavenly atmospheres to their patent alt-rock sound. Speaking about the recording process for “Boundaries”, Tom says:
“The lead vocal and violins for “Boundaries” were added at an old chapel in Monmouth. We had to push home the final bit of recording and so hired this place for 3 days. Angharad Jenkins of welsh folk band “Calan” came to visit with her little daughter. She recorded the violins while I (silently) entertained her daughter next to her feet, being careful not to make a squeak. She stared at her mum in awe for a few takes before the novelty wore off!”
To mark the release of the EP today, Broken Fires have commissioned a limited run of special edition screen prints. Available on Bandcamp now with purchases of the EP, keep your eyes peeled for some exclusive T-shirts in time for Welsh Band T-shirt Day on 16th July.
Written and recorded by Broken Fires at sessions that culminated at Mwnci Studios, West Wales, “New Friends” was produced by Broken Fires’ own Justin Hendy (guitarist), with additional mixing by Matt Lederman (!!!, Rural Alberta Advantage) and mastering by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire / Suuns). Giving the track a true DIY finish, the vocals were originally laid down in the front room of Justin’s flat in Swansea.
Formed in Swansea, South Wales in 2014, Broken Fires have earned a reputation for massive alternative indie songs about love, life and death. Self-releasing their debut album ‘Silhouettes’ back in 2015 to a warm reception, the band earned plays on BBC Radio 1, extensive support from BBC Introducing and US public radio; Whereas singles including ‘Elephants’, ‘Flesh and Blood’ and ‘Brand New Start’ gained them global recognition from placements in TV Shows across MTV, the BBC and beyond.
After a five year gap, Broken Fires utilised the lockdown of 2020 to their advantage and initiated work on new music. The result comes in the form of ‘New Friends’, a four-track EP release jam-packed with the best of the band’s beloved alternative signatures, while also venturing into new depths sonically. The results make for that of a band with a refreshed outlook on life and an updated sound ready to hit the ground running as the world unlocks this Summer.
Reflecting on the release of the ‘New Friends’ EP, Tom adds:
“We think the EP shows our full range as a band. Full of dreamy folk, epic endings with layered strings and harmonies and probably one of the most stripped back tracks we’ve ever written”
Allowing their indie foundations to morph into new genres and elements, the varied recording process also seeps its way into every aspect of the EP and puts the group’s dynamism on full display. From four-minute pop earworms as-heard on the title track “New Friends” or the effervescent alt/rock of previous Steve Lamacq / BBC6 Music championed single: “Dreamer”, to the emotional folk-tinged balladry of “The Writer” or the stirring closer “Boundaries”; it’s a release that shows the full range of Broken Fires’ talent in shining example.
With plans for their sophomore release ‘HYMNS‘, later this Autumn, the ‘New Friends’ EP provides a more than worthy stop-gap while we wait for their long awaited follow-up to ‘Silhouettes’.
For fans of: Frightened Rabbit, Manchester Orchestra and The Joy Formidable.