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Editors’ Notes

Following the tasty musical melting pot that was The Golden Hour, Firewater returns with its seventh album and shows that leader Tod A's passion for global and theatrical crossbreeding still burns brightly. Recorded in Turkey and Tel Aviv, during the blossoming Arab Spring, these songs weave together international color, old-school punk (see: The Clash), and enough spit and vinegar to get rebel juices flowing in even the most docile listeners. The opening track, "A Little Revolution," is an irresistible call to arms (and the dance floor); it's propelled by finely barbed guitars, swinging trombones, and a neck-snapping percussive beat. That track segues into "Glitter Days," which opens with the exotic, warbly call of a Middle Eastern wind instrument (the zurna) and a delightful blend of drums (both Middle Eastern and Indian percussion are used throughout). Yet the tune morphs into a guitar-driven, Mekons-ish number (Tod A's vocals even feel slightly like the worn and warm Jon Langford here). There are also shades of klezmer, ska, bhangra, and Balkan folk, which—along with tight melodies and sticky choruses—makes this a delicious and thought-provoking brew.

Customer Reviews

Drink up!

International Orange picks up where The Golden Hour left off - equal parts poignant, cynical and inspirational.

All hail the return of Tod A.

The wait felt interminable, but now it is over. Tod A. is one of the smartest, most clever, most talented wordsmiths out there, and a genius composer and purveyor of musical genres. As one who has followed his various incarnations/groupings since the early days of Cop $hoot Cop, I can only say that a new Firewater album doesn't just make my day or my week or my month, but fills up (and ALWAYS satisfies) a huge part of my heart, brain, and life. A stellar career, oeuvre, and evolution; I am always looking forward to the next chapter while reveling in the present and past. There are just a handful of musicians whom I have listened to in "real time" over decades, whose music has, with each new album, resonated so deeply with me in my life at that age and right at where I am in that point in my existence. I'm grateful that Tod A., as the driving force of Cop $hoot Cop and Firewater, is one of them.

Wow

I have always been a marginal Firewater listener, but this album is definitely an exclamation point on 16 years of inspired album-making. Every album has been significantly better than the one before and International Orange is no different. Magical stuff here!

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

New York-based band Firewater incorporated a global range of musical influences into their highly dynamic sound. A loosely knit ensemble centered around the lead vocals of ex-Cop Shoot Cop bass player Tod A. (born: Tod Ashley), Firewater tied together such influences as Klezmer, Indian wedding music, art-punk, and Tom Waits-style cabaret poetry to create their heady, often quite danceable sound. Coupled with...
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