Workin' On Fire

Workin' On Fire

 Boise, Idaho, USA
BandAlternativeRock

SEATTLE-BOISE "Guitar attack is polished, yet gritty - sometimes punkish...epic. Vocals often evoke Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong on these appealing, modern rock originals. Reality check: The songs are better, not to mention more promising, than many adult bands'." MICHAEL DEEDS, IDAHO STATESMAN

Biography

BOISE BAND MOVES TO SEATTLE: This teen (college freshmen) alternative rock, power trio, played their first gig August 1, 2009 at The Boise Venue. Since then they’ve recorded three CDs (EP: Exit; LP/Album: Mike Smith; LP/Album: Metaphoria). With over 150 gigs together (including in Portland, OR, and Seattle, WA; Treefort Music Fest/Boise) this 2011 Boise’s Got Talent Grand Champion has headlined at the CenturyLink Arena (formerly Qwest) and is a regular at the Knitting Factory Concert House. In the media they’ve been featured on TV: on Channel 7 (KTVB) and FOX 12 News; and in print in: the Idaho Statesman (front page; favorable M. Deeds CD review), the Ontario, Oregon Argus Observer (front page), the Emmett Messenger-Index (front page), and the Boise Weekly. Additionally, The Boise X and The River radio stations have covered them. They have performed for one of their now raving fans, Chef Duff Goldman (Food Network: Ace of Cakes and Sugar High), played with All Time Low, and opened for Middle Class Rut.

AUSTIN WILLIAMSON/SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY: Band co-founder and the lead: guitarist, vocalist, and writer, Austin is a singer-songwriter whose passion, since picking up the guitar (classically trained), at age six is music. One of the top all-around high school guitarists in the Pacific Northwest, Austin began being noticed at age 13, first for his guitar play when pulled on stage by Tommy Castro and Kenny Neal (BB King R&B Champ) and also that same year for recording a Dunlop Crybaby guitar foot pedal video demo in his bedroom and receiving hundreds of thousands of ‘hits’ on YouTube for its creativity. In 9th grade he won first prize in the ArtsWest Guitar-off (with a perfect score) and recorded his first original scratch-track that same year. A committed poet and lyricist, Austin is currently enrolled at the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), simultaneous to his high school studies.

ZACH BONAMINIO/SHORELINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ENGINEERING: Zach is a self-taught drummer and co-founder of Workin’ On Fire . A grade school friend of Austin’s, Zach is an avid biker, photographer and snowboarder (Bonaminio Sausage family). He is currently a music theory student, and many of the band’s photos are his handiwork. Zach is known to play gigs with a broken arm (broken from snowboarding, of course).

PETER MAGUIRE/WESTERN WASHINGTON U. (ON TRACK SCHOLARSHIP): Peter is a thoroughbred slap bassist who also contributes backing vocals for Workin’ On Fire. Known to tinker on the drums and keyboard, Peter is also the 2011 5A state track and field 110 hurdles State Champion (also a varsity letterman in soccer). Interestingly, Peter’s grandfather (Walt Maguire) was the E.V.P. for London Records, with his famed production including ‘Monster Mash’ and the signing of ZZ-Top.

Lyrics

Everything & Everyone

Written By: Austin Williamson

Everything and Everyone

My occupation
Is graduation
I’ve been contemplating resignation
Your obsession
Is my profession
Confusion causing indiscretion

I can’t feel anymore
Am I torn?
Cause you still just ignore
My…

Lives decay tonight
Signs of hate ignite
Why believe in me?
Lie and bury greed

Everything and everyone and everything you never want, you never think; you never want …

I can’t feel anymore
Am I torn?
Yet you still just ignore
My…
I can’t feel anymore
Am I torn?
Yet you still just ignore
My…

My occupation
Is graduation
And I’ve been contemplating resignation
Your obsession
Is my profession
Confusion causing indiscretion

Trainwrecked

Written By: Austin Williamson

Train Wrecked

I’ve become obsessive of this world
Stuck between my own contagious words and what I heard
You got me thinking about where I don’t wanna go
And now my thoughts are getting blurred

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

Look out now, there’s six of us around
Co writing our way atop the wally world sound
We’ve opened up a pack of porcelain black clouds
I can’t remember how to laugh

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
I’ll never be what I wanna be
Cause I don’t even know what I wanna see
..I’ll never be what I wanna be
Cause I don’t even know what I wanna see, clearly

Bring me some; I’ll take it all away
Positively negative for what we have to say
Rip me off another piece of pain to take away
You know the world wants to see

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
I’ll never be what I wanna be
Cause I don’t even know what I wanna see
..I’ll never be what I wanna be
Cause I don’t even know what I wanna see, clearly

Venn Worlds

Written By: Austin Williamson

Sunday writings are my confessing
To this world if they don’t support
Possibilities of them joining
Though the music is my only sport
Minds will race now, if they shall allow
Combinations of these two worlds
Cannot tell them how, only lend a bow
To something and nothing who are swirled

What brings the soft
To blend with the loud
Though they forgot
Which is soft or more sound

Fight to survive, no truth it should die
Need not they ask why just don’t say goodbye
No one should say, lonely is this day
Today is the day that I might display
Soon they will achieve, to end all the greed
Be relieved when they shorten the sleeves
Don’t think of the end, we need to pretend
Find out who’s to say when when is when

What brings the soft
To blend with the loud
Though they forgot
Which is soft or more sound

The End Again

Written By: Austin Williamson

You’re a melody
That nobody sings
Get your fix from watching the TV screen
An American
Authoritarian
Spending time telling me what I should’ve been

Woah, it’s all up and down again
Down, I’m down here again
Ahhh, I’m up on my feet again
Woah, it’s not the end

I’m a phone call
Through a static wall
Let my words build up till I gotta fall
I’m a simile
Like a metaphor
Killing’s fine cause that’s what I voted for

Woah, it’s all up and down again
Down, I’m down here again
Ahhh, I’m up on my feet again
Woah, it’s not the end

Sailing Underground

Written By: Austin Williamson

We spend so much time being silent on the phone
With our feelings so alone
I can feel it now

Remember what’s advised isn’t always for the best
So I think we should progress
Let’s all get around

Woah…

If there’s ever been a time when you feel the need to cry
So much more than meets the eye
I can feel it now

Remember what’s advised doesn’t happen all the time
I don’t need to hear more lies
Let’s all be the sound

Woah…

Discography

1) EP (Exit)
2) LP (Mike Smith)
3) New album (Metaphoria).

Set List

2/3's originals, 1/3 covers.