Watchfires - 'Ribbons & Shards' Album Launch
Having written their first song together as a band in February of 2013, Aberdeen’s watchfires didn’t look back: they played their first gig six weeks later, with a well-received debut EP A Captive Still (not to mention a packed-out launch gig) following in July. Quickly developing a reputation for energetic live shows their brand of bruising, emotive hard rock started turning heads landing support slots with the likes of The Winter Tradition, The Birthday Suit, The Xcerts and Broken Records.
Following the release of A Captive Still, the writing continued in earnest, and in the summer of 2014 Ewan Donald (vocals), Alex Lorgen (guitar, vocals), Mitch Bain (guitar), Mark Salter (bass) and Dave McKay (drums) headed back to The Depot Studios in Edinburgh to record their debut album Ribbons and Shards.
Produced once again by Craig Ross (Broken Records), this collection of 12 new songs mixes the raw, punk-influenced energy of A Captive Still with a newly-discovered epic streak that lends the new material an added texture and maturity. Whether it’s straight-up rock (‘An Atlas and an Anger’), piano-led introspection (‘Gilmorehill’) or soaring, multi-sectional epics (‘Elisabeth’), Ribbons and Shards is marked with skyscraping crescendos, sparse atmospherics, and everything in between.
"A hugely promising opening salvo" Rave Child
"...deserves to be blaring from car radios the length and breadth of the country" Scots Whay Hae
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