Produced by Paul Loren
Mixed by D. James Goodwin
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk
Words & Music by Andrew Vladeck except:
Countdown Time by Adam Levy & Andrew Vladeck
Carried Away by Andrew Vladeck & Sydney Wayser
Going Down Fighting by Dave Doobinin & Andrew Vladeck
Passing Knowledge by Andrew Vladeck & The Honey Brothers
Andrew Vladeck // Guitars. Banjos, Vocals
Paul Loren // Vocals, Keys, Percussion, Bass on Fantasy, Come Back to Me
Jason Lawrence // Drums
Chris Buckridge // Bass
Lauren Balthrop // Vocals
Tim Luntzel // Bass on Words Escape Me, Living the Dream
David Amram // Flutes
Marika Hughes // Cello
Skye Steele // Violin
Jake Bernstein // Beats
Adam Levy // All We Got, Countdown Time, Fantasy
Sydney Wayser // All We Got, Carried Away, Fantasy
Dave Doobinin // All We Got, Come Back to Me, Going Down Fighting
Dan Posner // Going Down Fighting, Gush, Long Shadow
Artwork by Abbey Ley
Patrolling the foggy edges of American music from the shores of NYC
The perfect blend of Midwestern thoughtfulness and New Yorker gruff. Some have even compared his post-americana rock to the Boss. Yowza. — The L Magazine
Folk-inspired vocal delivery and whimsical guitars… existing somewhere between indie rock and folk revival. “Come Back to Me,” a track that sounds something like an indie campfire jam, with a sing-along chorus and a convivial mood making it an ideal invitation for the Fireships LP. — PopMatters
Taking their name from the Hudson River sloops that repelled the British warships before the Battle of Brooklyn – using fire and water to fight darkness with light – Brooklyn-based Fireships makes guitar-driven alt-folk that’s dreamy and fiery, spontaneous and well-crafted. As the band’s upcoming self-titled debut album covers ground, you’re hearing the journey the band can make, from a self-contained solo act to a collaborative clique of excellent musicians.
Fireships’ singer-songwriting is classic yet keenly modern, mixing choice folk-rock spanning decades and featuring finger-picked electric guitar of American Folk and West African influence, recalling Lou Reed, Paul Simon’s Graceland, and Deer Tick. Vladeck’s lyrics resonate with the depth and sophistication of the folk tradition; the sound is more contemporary – arrangements billow with bass and strident drums, triumphal organs and harmonies. Multi-instrumentalist Lauren Balthrop’s (Dear Georgiana) Emmylou-esque artistry blends with Andrew’s unvarnished delivery. Rhythm section team Chris Buckridge and Jason Lawrence fuse bass and drums, lending gravitas to songs like drunken astronaut fantasy “Countdown Time.” Dynamic violinist Hannah Thiem, the newest addition to the band, sustains and colors their sound.
Fireships recorded in Brooklyn, with producer Paul Loren’s virtuosic contributions and numerous drop-ins by talented friends such as the legendary composer David Amram. “Come Back to Me,” with its playful pennywhistle, chirpy guitar grooves and rollicking drums, contrasts with enchanting quiet moments, as in the haunting ballad “Carried Away,” written with Sydney Wayser (Clara Nova), who also sings on the track. There’s the cheeky candor of “Passing Knowledge of the Sexes,” mostly guitar, percussion and voice. And sometimes they’ll just knock out a rocker like “Going Down Fighting” with Vladeck cranking out some satisfyingly sizzling guitar.
Fireships debut album will be released in 2015. Vladeck is also a founding member of The Honey Brothers and Balthrop, Alabama.