“The only way I survived was by throwing myself into music,” says Sinclair Vernon, lead vocals. “When a relationship falls apart, it’s hard not to let yourself fall apart too.” Faced with the disintegration of a 10-year relationship, Vernon turned to writing music to save herself from her own darkness, drawing on the influences that had bolstered her during emotionally troubled high school years and that would now propel her to move forward from a bitter breakup.
Spiralfire was born from the rubble of that breakup. Sinclair met guitarist Riley Miller through a mutual friend in late 2010, and they began to translate the songs she had started on keys into the hard, 90s-influenced rock that they had both grown up on and which was in short supply in the alt-folk and bluegrass-heavy area of Carrboro, NC. They later secured drummer Brian Gorman, bassist Keith Lewis, and rhythm guitarist Dom Ciampa to complete their sound.
The band’s first full-length album was recorded at Fidelitorium Recording Studios and produced by Ted Comerford. The album is set to be released in within a few weeks and is preceded by the first single, Road Rising.
While awaiting the new album, we recently uncovered a collection of Spiralfire songs, apart from the official single “Road Rising”, which undoubtedly gave us a greater insight to the sound of this impressive alternative rock band.
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Musically this is superb rock, which drives against a slightly dark grain with guitar hooks to last all night long. All the songs we heard combine raw emotional power and slick pop beauty like nothing else. Not certain that any of these songs will be included on the official album release we shall not be naming any titles, suffice to say that the Spiralfire sound is a rarity, in that it combines a plethora of moods that are thread together with sonically-splendored arrangements and unabashed honesty. Their combination of up-in-flames guitar riffs and subtly tuned melodic hooks are the backdrop to Vernon’s scathing vocals which are able to switch between sweet and bittersweet from one chorus to the next.
Spiralfire combines many attractive elements: a strong sense of melody, good use of pop hooks delivered with solid guitar work, meaningful lyrics, and confident vocals that pull their songs along evoking just the right mood. The band brings to contemporary music, the understanding that you can rock hard and still be musical; that the heavy grit of grunge works best when melody and harmony are amalgamated into it.
I would love to layout the track-list and titles that impressed me most, but I can’t. We’ll need to wait a couple of weeks for the official release of the brand new Spiralfire album. I’m almost certain that the album will want to be owned by anyone interested in modern rock. The five songs we heard, including the single “Road Rising”, is absolutely stunning and withstands any number of listening’s.
Lead singer and songwriter, Sinclair Vernon has been rightfully accosted with the likes of Pat Benatar and Joan Jett, but I’d like to add Chrissie Hind from whom Vernon seems to have inherited the pure magnetism and aura of mysticism in her performances.
At this point I don’t care what the songs on the album are going to be called, I know for sure that they’re going to be passionately performed and perfectly presented by an impressive alternative rock band called Spiralfire!
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