Fostering influences from the likes of You Me at Six, Foo Fighters, Incubus and Paramore, five-piece alternative rock band Our City Fires may be a relatively fresh face on the UK’s music scene (having formed only in 2018), but the Leicester lads are keen to make their mark in 2020, following the recent release of their new EP ‘Foundations’ through Incendia Music.
Having worked with producer Matt Grady (Don Broco, Deaf Havana, Architects) to create their self-titled debut EP in the year of their inception, Our City Fires came to the attention of a number of radio stations including BBC “Introducing East Midlands”, who were particularly drawn to their songs being tuneful ballads, albeit with infectiously catchy, sing-along choruses. To me, they sound very like a sort of ramped-up Keane, which is no mean tribute to Danny Richardson, lead vocalist! His colleagues are Harry Pentony (lead guitar), Guy Hargreaves (guitar and vocals), Kieran Langley (drums and vocals), and Danny Emms (bass).
The quintet wasted no time in taking their accessible style of rock out on the road, performing a number of shows throughout the year (including a performance with Altered Sky before their disbanding in May 2019) and taking regular involvement in Camden Rocks events.
While Our City Fires have certainly begun to establish themselves on the UK’s live music scene, it is with their ‘Foundations’ EP release that the band hope to truly lay the groundwork for the future.
“This EP shows our progression as a band, and a development of our sound”, says band vocalist Danny Richardson.“We completely changed our writing technique after our debut EP, it’s far more organic now, and more true to ourselves. This was something we could only achieve by working together on every single aspect of our sound and style – each one of us has helped to refine what we started in 2018, and we’ve put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into the making of this.”
Our City Fires kick off their newly-developed style with a hugely relatable break-up song ‘Had It All’, which is drawn from the perspective of a person who’s had everything stripped away whilst trying to come to terms with the heartache. Title track ‘Foundations’ marches on with a message of solidarity, while ‘Live A Lot’ (see video below) gives straight-from-the-heart advice from Richardson’s own personal notebook. Finally, Our City Fires close with the tale of a teenage girl running from her home towards the false promise of a better life. The song, ‘Runaways’, concludes with the girl, now an adult, living with guilt and regret for how life turned out and what she missed out on.
The band has just finished touring with Alexis Kings and will be supporting InMe on their forthcoming Leicester show. Further dates are being lined up for late Spring, so this year promises to be an exciting time for them!