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Ever After Land - album reviews

Here's what Dai Jefferies had to say writing in R2 magazine

There is a theory that the popularity of folk-rock is a cyclical phenomenon and that right now it's on the up. After all, Home Service are talking about making a new album and bands are getting all the gigs they can use. Into this milieu comes Firedaze's second album. Of course, Firedaze don't label themselves folk-rock but they don't label themselves with their full names either.

Firedaze is Jen, Steff and String. They write songs, record in String's studio and release their albums and records by their previous band, Dead After Dark, on their own label. Their influences include Irish Traditional (Travellin' has a chorus perfectly based on an Irish figure), rock, blues and jazz and something that once might have been klezmer. The key instrument is Jen's fiddle which soars over the songs. String's melodic bass playing and Steff's guitar form the foundation but the band is actively looking for a drummer, which may give her more freedom.

My top tracks are 'What I See', 'Long Time Dead', the aforementioned 'Travellin'' and the almost instrumental 'Drink' but there's enough variety here that you can find your own favourites".
R2 (formerly Rock'n'Reel) - Sept/Oct 2014

Here's the review from Dan Holland at Folkwords:
Ever After Land by Firedaze - ever expanding directions of folk rock (July 18, 2014)

Firedaze released their first album, 'Triality' back in 2008 and delivered a thumping, driving dose of folk rock … and then there was a silence. Now the silence is broken with the arrival of the second album, Firedaze 'Ever After Land'. Having just listened to their first album again and now this one, there's a different feel to 'Ever After Land' - hardly surprising with six or more years between albums.

The drum barrage has gone, although String's powerful bass remains yet somehow projects a wider scope to its range, Steff's powerful vocals still carry the messages, while Jen's razor-sharp fiddle cuts an unforgettable edge.

As the songs develop, whether hard-edged or soft, the solid though less-aggressive bass lines give the band a firm foundation over which to lay their vocals and harmonies and intense melodies. For those that know the band, there's the familiar power and verve in tracks like 'What I See', the dance-driven 'Drink!' and the undiluted folk rock of 'Friends Like These'. Then there's a more mellow groove and subtler expression to tracks like 'Angels With Broken Wings', 'Travellin' and 'Da' in contrast to a darker and somewhat brooding side, evidenced through 'Long Time Dead' and 'Dirty'.

Long-time Firedaze fans will find all they expect and more, those new to Firedaze will find the ever-expanding directions of folk rock can only benefit from albums like 'Ever After Land'

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Dark and Terrible Thing - April 2017

Dirty - April 2015

Sound of the Underground - April 2015

What I See - From Ever After Land - April 2015

Da - from Ever After Land - 2015

Friends Like These - video first aired 2013

Fighting For Strangers - video first aired April 2012

 

My Turn - video first aired February 2010

 

Lay Me Down - video first aired November 2008

 

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PRESS RELEASE

Ever After Land is the current folk rock album from Firedaze, a Leamington 3 piece band who play 'folk with attitude'. The alt folk band's new album showcases their energetic, newly honed, folk-rock sound featuring voice, fiddle, guitar, bass and foot percussion and drum loops.

The album presents eleven original folk-rock songs about: drinking; great friends; politics; good people lost along the way... and more songs about drinking!
Ever After Land is the fruition of the band's new collective approach to song writing with all three players having a hand in the composing. Their previous album Triality Squared was mostly written by singer Steff and bass player String, but on Ever After Land Fiddle player Jen has taken a joint active role in the songwriting too.

Reviewing Ever After Land on the Folkwords website, Dan Holland said:

"For those that know the band, there's the familiar power and verve in tracks like 'What I See', the dance-driven 'Drink!' and the undiluted folk rock of 'Friends Like These'. Then there's a more mellow groove and subtler expression to tracks like 'Angels With Broken Wings', 'Travellin' and 'Da' in contrast to a darker and somewhat brooding side, evidenced through 'Long Time Dead' and 'Dirty'.

Along with their previous album Triality(2), Ever After Land is also available on websites like iTunes, Amazon and Spotiy as well as the band's own Dmusic website - allowing fans of Firedaze to buy their music from more outlets than ever before.

"We are developing more of our online presence," said bass player String, "we now have a new special exclusive website section that's only for those who register, for free, with Firedaze Uncovered. Not only do fans get free downloads there's also loads of interviews, videos, photos, new music and other stuff from the Firedaze archive"

The band are posting exclusive videos, songs and photos on this new section which is only available to those who sign up. You can already see the indie folk band in in action on YouTube, but all new Firedaze videos will be available exclusively through Firedaze Uncovered first before appearing anywhere else on the internet.

Firedaze hope that Ever After Land and the new web exclusives will encourage fansof their energetic folk rock to spread the word and help to get the band in front of a wider audience.

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