FIRES has three hard and fast rules: “1. It has to make me want to dance 2. It has to make me feel something 3. It has to be pop.”. Aedra Oh to amodelofcontrol, 2017.
It was with these three simple ideas that FIRES was based on when the project began in 2016. Remove the filler tracks, the needless two minute turn arounds, add in a synth solo here and there, but above everything else: Make it real. Make it pop. The attention to songwriting was noticed immediately, and FIRES signed to North American industrial label Metropolis Records for their 2017 release, Red Goes Grey, a synthwave goes electronic rock album that contained Counting Walls, a track that lit up the dance floors.
Immediately after the album release, FIRES began touring to support the record. Between three east coast and midwest tours that included stops at Terminus Festival and Sanctuary Festival, Where FIRES Shared the stage with bands like Covenant, TR/ST, Mesh, Suicide Commando, Boy Harsher, and ACTORS, frontwoman Aedra Oh wrote the next album to add to a growing repertoire of tracks suited for the frenetic energy of FIRES live shows.
On May 10th, FIRES sophomore effort, All Of My Dreams Are Of This Place will be released through Negative Gain Productions. The album shares some similarities to Red Goes Grey with its attention to Pop songwriting, hooks, and nods to electronic rock, but this album shares more in common with AFI, The Killers, Drug Church, and Placebo than its predecessor. From the inclusion of guitars throughout the album to the use of live drums, All Of My Dreams is a mission statement: It’s time to move forward. The album is unflinchingly turned inward, honest, and raw. From the triumphant post-hardcore adjacent opener Show Me Life to the closing refrain of The Bright And Terrifying, this is an album that exceeds the promises made by Red Goes Grey, turning away from a past that was marred with insecurity, towards a brighter, more real future.