Humble Fire
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Humble Fire

Washington, Iowa, United States | SELF

Washington, Iowa, United States | SELF
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The best kept secret in music



It’s time for another round of Fresh Tracks!, where Hometown Sounds brings you the very latest in noteworthy music emerging from the District. “Gone”, the first single from dream rock quartet Humble Fire just went live on the group’s Bandcamp page this afternoon, so I’d be hard pressed to find anything much fresher to close out the work week.

Following a 10 second straight ahead sprint of distorted guitar chords and snare drum rolls, the rhythm section busts down the door with an adrenaline-prodding stomp before ducking back down to make way for vocalist Nefra Faltas’ syncopated warbles. Guitarist Dave Epley’s clean, heavily delayed guitar coils throughout the song’s verses before returning to the hurried dash of the intro riff.

“Gone” embodies a noteworthy release for a couple of reasons. First, the track showcases the band’s ability to establish a strong groove you might even characterize as danceable (an uncommon feat for a rock band). Second, this represents the first publicly available studio recording of Humble Fire, which is interesting given that the band has been performing live for some time. However, their previous lack of recordings actually contributed to their sense of mystery and emphasized the importance of catching the band’s blissed out live show, which I’ve had the pleasure of taking in on several occasions.

Humble Fire performs tomorrow (10/26) at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Preservation Pub, but are currently in between performance dates in the DC area. So enjoy this while they’re…”gone”. - Hometown Sounds


It takes approximately 5 seconds to get hooked on The Great Resolve, the debut album from DC rockers Humble Fire. The record begins with a few bars of glockenspiel, a furious guitar rearing up in the background. It’s an intriguing, darkly magical opening, fitting for a band who talks about “conducting bold pentatonic experiments in a Mt. Pleasant basement and emerging every so often to melt face.”

Humble Fire is not new (they formed in 2010), but the December 2013 release of their debut wasn’t a result of procrastinating or idle-minded plucking. The Great Resolve is a fully formed record, a masterful mashup of the soft tones of Nefra Faltas’ voice and guitars that are equally at home in dreams and a dirty garage. The result is instantly catchy and (dare we say it) danceable more so than thrashable. Rock music has a reputation for fist-pumping and not much else, but “Congo” is a swaying song, and “Battle Ready,” probably the best track on the album, will have even the most stoic concertgoers tapping out the beat in spite of themselves.

The secret to the success of The Great Resolve is Humble Fire’s willingness to embrace all sides of the ”sun music” trend. “Immaterial” would work for an evening beach walk, transforming the literal power of the tide’s pull into something lulling and disarming that draws you in before eating you whole. “Gone” is a drive with the top down in the blazing heat, gasoline and verve at your fingertips. Faltas’ light touches and the repeated appearances of the glockenspiel keep the album from being completely punk, while tight, fast guitar work keeps it out of dream pop territory. The middle ground is a mysterious, fantastic place well worth your time. - District Beat

"Humble Fire at Fort Reno"

A good lineup at Fort Reno requires variety, and dream-rock act Humble Fire certainly provides that. The spacey quartet, led by bass player Xaq Rothman, crafts songs that are lyrically driven and worth a listen. Even if Humble Fire doesn’t spark your interest, other artists might: Punk wailers Priests share the bill, as do local teen punks The Accidentals. Just for venturing out to Tenleytown, attendees will be rewarded with more than just music. Tonight’s performance is Fort Reno’s 10th annual “Night of 1000 Cakes,” and baked goods will be in abundance. - Washington City Paper


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