'International Orange', first new Firewater album in 5 years, out now
I honestly lament not finding and listening to Firewater sooner- I think my musical life suffered for their absence. I'm a recent convert- maybe 2 years- but others have been waiting far longer to hear more of the klezmer-gypsy-rock that Todd A. and the slew of amazing musicians create. It is powerful stuff; This is My Life, Borneo, and Some Kind of Kindness fequently gracing my speakers and playlists. Just by the feeling it gives I'd liken them somewhere between Morphine for haunting lyrics, Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box for use of Klezmer and Gypsy stylings. International Orange, out today, does not dissapoint. It's got the same verve, using hints of several genres to accomplish it's sound. Somehow even the sad, slow songs have a beat you can move to. Link to the album on iTunes, link to the band's site.