7 Songs, 26 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklyn's Leah Siegel has teamed up with an experienced band of fellow travelers who, like herself, have been seeking the right musical project. The group is like a throwback to the '60s and early '70s, when albums were sculpted more toward what an artist had to say than assuming that serious projects required long albums. At seven songs in less than a half-hour, Pills from Strangers is just the right length. There are no wasted notes, no filler tracks. Just the best ideas brought to fruition by classical violinist/commercial songwriter Siegel, guitarist Steve Elliot (Shooter Jennings), bassist Tim Luntzel (Rosanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III), keyboardist/programmer Mendeley Wells, and drummer Brian Wolfe (Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne/St. Vincent). "Good," with its dense keyboard lines and aggressive groove, rocks like modernized new wave pop. "Wave" rambles in its verses only to streamline its chorus to the super-catchy "I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love." "Scarecrow" sounds like PJ Harvey singing over random Tricky tracks that've been stripped for parts; it befits a record produced by Geoff Stanfield, whose credits include Moby.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brooklyn's Leah Siegel has teamed up with an experienced band of fellow travelers who, like herself, have been seeking the right musical project. The group is like a throwback to the '60s and early '70s, when albums were sculpted more toward what an artist had to say than assuming that serious projects required long albums. At seven songs in less than a half-hour, Pills from Strangers is just the right length. There are no wasted notes, no filler tracks. Just the best ideas brought to fruition by classical violinist/commercial songwriter Siegel, guitarist Steve Elliot (Shooter Jennings), bassist Tim Luntzel (Rosanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III), keyboardist/programmer Mendeley Wells, and drummer Brian Wolfe (Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne/St. Vincent). "Good," with its dense keyboard lines and aggressive groove, rocks like modernized new wave pop. "Wave" rambles in its verses only to streamline its chorus to the super-catchy "I'm in love, I'm in love, I'm in love." "Scarecrow" sounds like PJ Harvey singing over random Tricky tracks that've been stripped for parts; it befits a record produced by Geoff Stanfield, whose credits include Moby.

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About Firehorse

Firehorse blend smoky vocals, gentle electronics, and ethereal accents for a Bird and the Bee-meets-Björk mix. Comprised of classical violinist and commercial songwriter turned singer Leah Siegel (Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout, Citizens Band, and daughter of National Public Radio broadcaster Robert Siegel), guitarist Steve Elliot, bassist Tim Luntzel (Rosanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III), and drummer Brian Wolfe (Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond), the Brooklyn-based band named itself after the Chinese zodiac sign of independence, assertiveness, and free spirit. They released their full-length debut, And So They Ran Faster..., for the PledgeMusic label in September 2011, earning praise from the likes of Prince and getting ink in publications like Time Magazine for Siegel's powerful vocals and evocative songwriting. ~ Chrysta Cherrie

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Brooklyn, NY

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