Carrboro, North Carolina, USA

Spiralfire is 80s and 90s-inspired female-fronted alternative rock: Guns n' Roses meets Paramore.


"The only way I survived was by throwing myself into music," says Sinclair Vernon, lead vocals. "When a relationship falls apart, its hard not to let yourself fall apart too. Faced with the disintegration of a 10-year relationship, Vernon turned to writing music to save herself from her own darkness, drawing on the influences that had bolstered her during emotionally troubled high school years and that would now propel her to move forward from a bitter breakup.

Spiralfire was born from the rubble of that breakup. For months, Vernon subsisted on anger and wine, writing music on a nearly broken keyboard and dark, emotional lyrics in endless notebooks and intent on building a band once she could express her vision.

Spiralfire's sound hits that quintessential sweet spot where the lush indulgence of the late 80s symphonic rock was shifting towards the raw honesty and grit of early 90s grunge. Bands like Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Guns n Roses, Van Halen, and even The Police are as influential as Paramore, Muse, Chevelle, and more. Their modern approach to rock composition and performance is only strengthened and given depth by revealing classic elements like The Who, Journey, and AC/DC.

Sinclair met guitarist Riley Miller through a mutual friend in late 2010, and they began to translate the songs she had started on keys into the hard, 90s-influenced rock that they had both grown up on and which was in short supply in the alt-folk and bluegrass-heavy area of Carrboro, NC. They later secured drummer Manny Parial and bassist Keith Lewis to complete their sound.

The band's first full-length album was recorded at Fidelitorium Recording Studios and produced by Ted Comerford. The album is set to be released in 2014 and is preceded by the first single, Road Rising.

In a world of pop princesses, autotune, and fabricated beats, Spiralfire holds true to the best of what rock is and should be: smart, soulful lyrics delivered with a kick, coupled with searing guitar hooks that would please even the most finicky rock gods. The alternative rock world is a hard one to navigate, but Spiralfire makes it simple. With songs that embrace the darkness of the human experience while holding blindly and perhaps naively to the hope that things will turn out right in the end, Spiralfire radiates an intense desire to rise out of mediocrity and live life the way its meant to be lived, with passion and fire.