To Light A Fire

To Light A Fire

 Birmingham, Alabama, USA
BandAlternative

To Light A Fire is an Indie Alternative band with a sound compared to Radiohead and U2. Hailing from the town of Birmingham AL,they have formed a loyal following throughout the southeast.

Biography

Hailing from the town of Birmingham AL, where indie music is often largely forgotten, To Light A Fire has nontheless garnered a loyal following in their home state that is rapidly expanding outward.

Since their lineup was solidified in the Summer of 2008, the band, who's sound has been compared to Radiohead and U2, has toured constantly, put out two albums and made two music videos, all while continuing to grow and mature musically. Their strong work ethic and rigorous tour schedule has enabled them to make a name for themselves in a State that is better known for country music and college football.

When asked about what fuels and inpires the group, To Light A Fire is quick to explain that they are simply making music that they enjoy playing.

"We never set guidelines about what kind of music we write or what kind of a band we are." Shane(bass) explains. "Its a completely honest, no-frills approach to making music. We simply plug in and play what we feel. If we don't feel it, we don't play it- no matter how marketable the song may be."

Keith Harrelson, owner of the popular birmingham venue Moonlight on the Mountain, described To Light A Fire as such: "To Light A Fire is a collective of five very committed musicians, drawing their rhythms, melodies, and power from a curious common Muse that seems to speak in unison to them all. Equally strong in all departments-- guitar, vocals, percussion-- TLAF impresses listeners of any age with their imagination and consistency."

During their short two years together, To Light A Fire has aquired a growing list of accolades: They have performed at The Moss Rock Art Festival, and the Birmingham Music Festival, and have performances scheduled at The University of Alabama's Springfest and Auburn University's Earth Day Festival. They have recieved generous college and local radio airplay and have also been featured on several notable music blogs.

With a steady momentum building behind them, the band shows no signs of slowing down. They are planning a return to the studio in the near future to record a new EP, something that the members are anticipating with increasing excitement. Following their EP release, plans for a national tour are in the works, as well as a number of other exciting opportunities.

All things considered, the members of To Light A Fire like to think that they are on the right path. "I think we are right where we need to be," says Ben(vocals), "We have a long road ahead of us but we've also come a long way. Right now everyone just feels very blessed to be a part of this group and to be able to do what we were put on this earth to do: to play music."

Lyrics

Ghost

Written By: To Light A Fire

I’m Just going through the motions,
Just looking for any emotion,
I fill up my plate, but I never eat.
I go to bed, but I never sleep.

Am I living life halfway,
‘Cause I catch your eye, but I never wave,
And I go to church on Sundays,
But I never pray.

Can I try again?
I’ll just try again, and again, and again, and again, and again. . . .

Can you see my ghost, Can you see my ghost,
Running from coast to coast,
Things I love the most, Things I love the most,
They’re falling down around me. . . . .

I’m so sick of hiding alone in the shadows,
I want to be someone that I can be proud of,
My heart is racing, my blood is boiling,
I know if I want this I must go and get it,

Come find me. . . . .

Which Side

Written By: To Light A Fire

For so long now your indecision saved you,
With eyes closed they told you where to stand,
But who are you and who will you be tomorrow,
Even apathy can’t help you understand.

(Chorus)
Which side are you on?
You’re either off or on,
You’re either right or wrong,
So which side are you on?

So the consequences start to overwhelm you,
But did you really think you would never have to think,
About who are you and who will you be tomorrow,
If you’re thirsty come, bend your head and drink.

(Chorus)

So you run back, So you run back inside,
Are you better, You’re no better than you were,
So you run back, You can run but you can’t hide,
Are you better, You’re no better than you were. . . .

(Chorus)

Damned

Written By: To Light A Fire

A hundred hours, a thousand minutes,
Would never be enough,
To understand our inner workings,
And what we really are,
Well this is blood and this is water,
These are bones and this is skin,
Is this what we’re really made of,
Or is there something more within.

So I spend my time comprehending,
Why we spend our time,
Running from the God who made us,
Into each others arms,
But we’re all lost and we’re forsaken,
We’re full of empty broken things,
And our lives are held together by paper clips and bits of string.

(Chorus)
So I read and read,
Is there a place in heaven for those who don’t yet believe,
Or am I damned, am I damned?
I read and read,
Is there a place in heaven for me?
Or am I damned, am I damned?

I know I’m not enough,
I know I’m not enough,
I’ll never be enough,
I’ll never be enough.

(Chorus)
So I read and read,
Is there a place in heaven for those who don’t yet believe,
Or am I damned, am I damned?
I read and read,
Is there a place in heaven for me?
Or am I damned, am I damned?

Discography

2009- To Light A Fire EP (itunes)

2010- Inward Dwelling (itunes)

Set List

This is an example of one of our set lists, however it can be tailored to satisfy any length of time.
1. Ready
2. Take Your Time
3. What You Do To Me
4. Trippy
5. Desert
6. Let it Die
7. Absent
8. Damned
9. Which Side