BY JAMES FW THOMPSON
There have been a lot of great rock bands that have come out of the underground Cape Breton music scene: Rock Ranger, Sunfish, I Was A Spy, Bella Rebellion just to name a few. Unfortunately, those bands just don’t exist anymore and we only have our memories, our Cds/mix tapes, and the occasional Sunfish reunion show to remember those things.
Oh, and Fire Valley Fire, which is like a Cape Breton super-group made up of members of exactly those bands I just mentioned! What a funny coincidence that I should mention those exact groups!
Fire Valley Fire have been rocking stages for the past year and a half, but up until this point if you wanted to experience their sound, you had to be at one of those stages. Unfortunately, I have not been able to be at one of those stages (having a baby around the same time a rock band is born is somewhat bad timing if you wanna catch said rock band, but is otherwise just grand). But, that was just til now! Now Fire Valley Fire have an album that you can take to your very own home! Their debut album Bring An Army is now available in all the usual formats for your listening pleasure!
Now, I know what you are thinking: James—this isn’t news! That album has been out for almost two months! You even got Joel to do a review on that very album and the link can be found right here! Have you gone mad, or perhaps you are stuck in some kind of time loop? No, dear friend! I am not mad, nor am I trapped in a time loop (so far as I am aware). The reason I am bringing this up now is that Fire Valley Fire is having an album release show/party this week!
That’s right! Now you can experience the super-group live AND then take a little piece of them home! It’s the best of both worlds!
It’s happening this Saturday, November 18th at the Upstairs, 9:00pm to midnight (so it’s not even super late if you’re like me—and some members of the band—and have kids you have to put to bed, or if you just like sleeping, then it’s perfect).
Also on the bill is Ian MacDougall—Mr. Tom Fun himself, and The Space Age from Halifax. All of this for just 10 bucks PLUS the chance to snag a copy of Bring An Army?! How could you not go to this one?