Isolation, alcoholism, and unrequited love: These are the prevailing themes on Light For Fire’s debut album. Forged from the ashes of a broken heart, J. Nicholas Allard set about telling the story of a summer spent in Brooklyn with an old friend, but riotousness and overindulgence have a price, and Allard paid dearly. Much of the lyrics we’re crafted on an extended plane ride back to his home in Portland, Oregon. Allard retreated to his basement armed with a 4-track cassette player, some Irish whiskey, and a mantra: “Christine.” Enter Jeremy Sherrer: Having reconciled the differences that led to the demise of The Village Green, Allard and Sherrer began discussing collaborating again. When Sherrer heard the sparse, raw-sincerity captured on Allard’s demos he became inspired. Spirited by an eagerness to shuck the anglophilic sounds that characterized The Village Green and a mutual fondness for exotic instruments and world music, Allard and Sherrer set about crafting an album of simple intricacies, with an emphasis on performance and honesty, imbued with an ardor to never dissemble the veracity of Allard’s lyrics, while casually drawing on a range of influences from Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and Townes Van Zandt. Rounding out the album with contributions from local musicians Dave Depper, Dustin Schwindt, Peter Lee, and Neil Dey, Allard and Sherrer’s album was finally completed. A live band being secured featuring: Schwindt, Lee, and Henry Betz-Brown, Light For Fire’s new mission is bringing their compositions to the stage. It’s bound to get riotous!
released October 31, 2010
All Songs J.Nicholas Allard Produced by Jeremy Sherrer
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