During the Dutch heatwave of July 2015, while the Tour de France was racing through the streets of Utrecht, the Fire Harvest locked themselves into the studio. Together with renowned Canadian country-musician Daniel Romano as their producer, they recorded eight songs for their anticipated debut album 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking'. The results are out now through Subroutine, Snowstar and Sinnbus Records.
Roughly ten years ago Gerben Houwer (We vs. Death) wrote the first The Fire Harvest song. After a first EP in 2012, two European tours and a Record Store Day split-7" with Belgian band Reiziger, they've now released their debut album.
For recording 'Singing, Dancing, Drinking' Daniel Romano and Kenneth Meehan joined the band in the studio. Guitarist Nicolai Adolfs met the duo at a show in Duisburg, where Romano turned out to be interested in producing the album. A few weeks later, eight tracks were recorded.
The sound of the band reminds of the glory days of (alt)country, slowcore and (post)punk; a time in which the bandmembers were formed musically. The eight songs on the album are featured by a modest but dynamic character. Two of the Dutch leading labels, Snowstar and Subroutine Records, teamed up for the first time for the release of the album.
"The Fire Harvest follows musical paths on which we encounter. It was obvious to ask Snowstar on board with us", Koen ter Heegde (Subroutine) says. "Our goal is after all to reach new audiences together with the band." Both of the labels are known for a recognizable sound en serve a distinct, own audience. Cedric Muyres (Snowstar): "Sometimes, you listen to a record and you know that both our followers will appreciate it. This is such a record."