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The Firebird Band

"The Drive" EP

Cargo Music

Genres: indie rock, electronica, experimental rock

Cargo Music, Inc.
4901-906 Morena Blvd., San Diego, CA

April 6 - 13 2002

Taking Chris Broach of Braid and Andrew Hawthorne of Pilot In Hiatus, as well as two other musicians, The Firebird Band sure has a lot to live up to. Smack me silly, though, because they haven't just lived up to my expectations, they've surpassed them! The Firebird Band's special brand of electronic-ized emo really appeals to me. The strongest track here is the title track, a revved-up, powerful song that is sure to get you moving. The piece sort of sounds like a more electronic At The Drive-In cut. Although that song is the highpoint, the other tracks here are also excellent. "Distance," for example, is a bit less driving, and a bit more electronic. It is impeccably well-done and moving, and will appeal to emo and indie rock fans alike. Altogether, this 5-song EP is thoroughly impressive. Their next full-length album is going to be finished by the end of the year, but I don't know if I can wait until then!


Matt Shimmer