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So Long Someday

by Firecracker

West Coast pop/rock infused with country
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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1. Welcome Back
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2. Caroline
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3. Promising
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4. Mississippi
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5. Cast Aside
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6. Boy Most Likely
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7. Waltzing Mathilda
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8. Hey Amy
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9. Fireflies
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10. Box of Hearts
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11. Without Even Trying
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12. So Long Lorraine
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13. Valley of the Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Firecracker is:

Scout - lead singer/guitar
Dave Strahan - lead guitar/back-up vocals
Russell Tillitt - piano/organ/accordion/back-up vocals
Peter Craft - drums
Gardner May - bass

When Firecracker released their first EP in 2002, critics pronounced
their sound "As American as Oasis is British" (Miles of Music), and
fans up and down the West Coast came out to see what the buzz was
about. After countless nights on stage and as many days writing
lovelorn songs about girls, Firecracker finally signed with Nashville
indie label Emerge Records, who are now set to release the band's
full-length debut, "So Long Someday."

The album, produced by the band with longtime San Francisco
singer-songwriter Patrick Conway, features several guest musicians
and some unexpected instrumentation, including mellotron,
glockenspiel, oboe and cello. But the band's primary goal was to
capture and translate the energy of their live show. Recorded in one
sweaty weekend at San Francisco's legendary Hyde Street Studios, "So
Long Someday" is infused with the spirit of rock and roll. Lead
singer Scout Shannon set up his microphone in the very spot where Van
Morrison recorded his classic "Tupelo Honey," mixing took place in
the same room Janis Joplin once deemed her "favorite room to get
stoned in," and at one session, some headphones were 'borrowed' by
Jello Biafra, working in the next studio.

The songs on "So Long Someday" are linked by their subject matter:
desperation and failure tempered by love, friendship, and ultimately,
hope. The album begins with the opening blast of "Welcome Back To The
Party," in which a long-lost love returns to find a former suitor
still waiting, and ends with the melancholy farewell of "So Long
Lorraine," in which optimism finally overcomes inertia. On the
tracks in between, the band's pop, rock and alt-country influences
mix and merge, shifting in prominence from song to song-and sometimes
from verse to verse, as in the rollicking "(I'm Sorry) Caroline," in
which a full-bore guitar solo by Ken Bethea of the Old 97's spills
seamlessly into a classic pedal steel romp and the bridge explodes
into swirling harmonic vocals worthy of the Byrds.

Another member of the Old 97's, singer Rhett Miller, gave "So Long
Someday" its lone non-original track, a song he wrote called
"Fireflies." This haunting duet, the tale of a spurned lover and the
woman who left him behind, finds Scout trading lines with the
beautiful Melody Baldwin (of San Francisco's own Bellyachers),
entwined in ribbons of pedal steel unreeled by guest musician David
Phillips. In the studio, piano player Russell Tillitt grabbed a lap
steel and picked out the intro in one take-the take you hear on the
album-having never played the instrument before in his life.
Sometimes you get lucky and the tape is rolling.

On stage, Firecracker is a freight train of muscular guitars and
bouncy piano, kept tight to the rails by a rock-solid rhythm section.
The five-piece band's vibrant sound and musical capability has earned
them billing with national acts including Tim Easton and Calexico,
and slots at music festivals including Noise Pop (San Francisco),
North By Northwest (Portland) and International Pop Overthrow (Los
Angeles). "So Long Someday" is slated for release in Spring 2005.
Firecracker will be on tour throughout the year.

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Americana roots

Intriguing collection of pop and americana
Firecracker merges an interesting collection of work onto one CD. There's something for everyone on here, from the bluegrass infused "Mississippi", the poppy "Cast Aside", the country "Hey Amy", to the rocking "Promising". All in all, a great collection of work, although the CD could flow a bit better. Nonetheless, highly recommended if you're looking for another Old 97's or Wilco.
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Jeanne Strahan

Amazing CD! I love it!
I heard a sample on the play list and ordered it immediately! I was not disappointed. This group sounds like they've been playing together forever! And get this- the sound appeals to everyone in my family! I bought it for my teenage son Dave Strahan( who's an aspiring guitarist and has the same name as the lead guitarist!) and he loved it along with my 21 and 24 yr. olds. I must order more!
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