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It's been a long time since we put up a blog post so we thought we would give you a quick update
Last weekend we played our first ever show in Southampton at The Talking Heads, we got to play with some quality bands and had an awesome time, we will definitely be coming back soon.
On the subject of gigs, we have some great shows coming up over the next few months, so if you want to come see us live here's where you can catch us....
Friday 21st June - The Railway, Winchester: Firestate, Streetfightsilence, Kurbd
13th July - Hobgoblin, Maidenhead: supporting Edge Of Ruin
02/03/04 August - Hobgoblin, Maidenhead: Hobfest 2013 (day still TBC)
17th August - FaceBar, Reading: Wickedfest 2013
23rd August - Fidlers Elbow, Chalk Farm, London: supporting The Mariana Hollow
We will have lots more shows to announce over the coming weeks so keep checking out our profile for the latest details.
We are still busy recording tracks for our new album and we have decided to say thanks for everyone's support by releasing some of the tracks early, firstly our next single and video for '5 On It' featuring MCX will be out in the coming weeks and then shortly after that we will be releasing an album preview as a 4 track EP
And finally Don't forget you can still get our latest single 'Closer' on iTunes and Amazon, why not treat yourself to a copy.... You deserve it
Thanks for all of your support and we will hopefully see you all at a show soon
Firestate News 22/02/12
Busy times as usual in the Firestate camp, we are currently in the pre-production stage of our next 4 track EP and everything is moving along nicely. We have chosen the tracks we want to record and the backing tracks are complete ready for us to get in the studio very soon! We have also been working on a cover/re-write of a song from the mid 90's and we have drafted in the vocal talents of the very awesome 'MCX' Once the song is complete we will be unveiling it at our next gig which is at the Canal Bar, Newbury, Friday 2nd of March and we will also be recording the track in the studio and shooting a video to go with it. Until then the song remains a secret so you'll have to keep guessing for now! Also as some of you are probably aware the Canal Bar show will be our last gig with our current front man Lewis. Lewis is leaving to concentrate on his main band The After Affect and we wish him and the rest of guys all the best, they are an awesome band and deserve big things to happen. So what does this mean for Firestate? Don't worry we already have an awesome new frontman lined up and we are working with him as we speak, as things progress we will announce him to the world once the time is right and we are ready to play again. We only expect to be away from gigs for a couple of months while we bring our new front man up to speed and finish off the 2nd EP then we intend to hit the summer hard and play as much as possible. If anyone has requests of places for us to play when we come back let us know and we will try and organise a show near you. Finally here's some other cool things that have been going on recently...... 1 - We have picked up a string endorsement with Dovetail Strings (be sure to check them out and buy some strings if you play guitar or bass www.dovetailretail.co.uk) 2 - The first Firestate EP will soon be stocked in several high street outlets (watch this space for further announcements where this will be) 3 - Our Sponsor Wardstone are running a competiton at the moment where you can win lots of free goodies including some Firestate merch. All you have to do is pre-order a James White Racing T from www.wardstonebigcartel.co.uk to be entered into the draw! 4 - We have been helping out the very talented director 'Drew Casson' by writing score and providing songs for an upcoming movie project (that will be featuring the acting debut of our very own Carlos) 5 - We are currently planning another collabertaion track, this time with the awesome 'By Far & Beyond' (more details to come on this one Busy, busy times and more announcements to come soon For now though it's Firestate over and out
Very Kind Words from our Sponsor 'Wardstone' ...... Very Kind words indeed!
For those of you who haven't seen this yet here is the full write up from Wardtsone after they approached us about endorsement....... Having worked with the local music scene since 2002 designing all forms of merchandise from the standard Tees and CD’s covers I felt that when I started my own Clothing Range that I should continue this association and spent some time in sweaty audiences working out which band would suit the brand best. Much of today’s local talent thrives on the ‘screamo fast guitar two cords’ type of music and I felt not only did this not suit my clothing range style but also that it was on a downward slope and that it was time for a change.I recall a fellow designer saying to me ‘I’m not into all that stuff ‘cause I cant hear what they are saying or sing along in the car, you know what I mean?’ I knew exactly what he meant and that then became my goal to hunt down a band that brought back the good times to audiences, something you can sing along to, something that is so catchy it sticks in your head for days, something that makes you smile and something that isn’t moaning about how hard their life is, how hard their upbringing was and how shit the world is. 13th November 2011 – Railway Inn Wantage, that’s the night I approached the band after what was a kick arse set, we did the deal there and then in the cold beer garden over several smokes. They remind me of old Foo Fighters with a touch of Biffy Clyro and some classic British metal thrown in, without any of the cheese, this may not sound like the best way to describe any band, but I can assure you it’s the only way I can, and after you have seen them you will understand where I am coming from.Wardstone are about clean understated style and quality and Firestate fit perfectly within this remit, we are pleased to be associated with them and hope that this association makes us both lots and lots of money, no but seriously, I mean it . . .. lots and lots of money ha ha --------------------------------------- Thank you very much Steve @ Wardstone, Firestate are proud to partner with you and promote the awesome designs that you produce
If I changed my name to shirley would you still love me
Ok so none of us are changing our name to Shirley but we hope you love us still the same! Tonight is our last show for a while as we are going back to the studio to record the second EP which we hope to release in the next couple of months and we are also about to make a few changes within the band (All will be revealed very soon) Tonight's gig is at The Swan in Wantage with our good friends Below The Fall, this one is going to to be blinding so not to be missed. everything kicks off about 9:30 so come on down and get involved. Finally a huge thank you to everyone who has purchased one of our EP's or T-shirts (or both) and for those of you who haven't yet you can download the digital EP from www.firestate.bandcamp.com or buy a digipak copy from us at our shows and the T-shirts can be purchased from www.wardstone.bigcartel.com There are limited numbers of both left so don't miss out and get yours now as we won't be releasing the same versions again. Thanks for your continued support and we will keep you posted on the new EP release date and the 'Big News' that is still to come Firestate
Final tour update
so that's that, we played the last show of the first 4 dates of tour in Winchester last night and had another great night, thanks to everyone who came down and huge thanks to the other bands who were all awesome.
It's been a fantastic 4 days, we've played some cool venues, made some great new friends, picked up some new fans along the way and sampled some of the 'finest' take-aways man can buy. We will definitely be doing it again later in the year hitting more towns & venues across this fine country of ours and all being well maybe a few outside of old blighty as well!
There's not much more to say other than a huge thanks to 'DAKEN' for being our main support on the tour, you guys seriously rocked every night and we look forward to playing together soon. And to the rest of the bands you were all amazing as well, we couldn't have had better bands to have been playing along side.
LUCY T, BELOW THE FALL, OVERLAND INN, MAN LIKE FIRE, THE HARRASSMENTS, BY FAR & BEYOND, DEAD EMPIRE & SLY DOG
We tip our hats to you all, we are privileged to have been able to play with you all.
We hope everyone who has come along to play and everyone who has come along to watch the bands has enjoyed it as much as we have.
Hopefully see some of you at The Swan in Wantage on Friday the 3rd of February when we get to play with the mighty Below The Fall again
Big love to you all
Tour update number 3
ok so first things first....... WOW! Last night was frickin' awesome, thank you to everyone who came down, we were really pleased to have such a great crowd and you helped us have a wicked time. Big thanks to Overland Inn and Man Like Fire, they both played great sets and we will definitely hook up again soon.
So it's the final show of our 4 day stint tonight and what a blinder this one will be! Firestate, Daken, Below The Fall & Lucy T all hit The Railway in Winchester, first band on at 7:30. This is not one to be missed so come on down if you can.
Tour update number 2
Morning all. So day 2 of the tour was a good one, we had another great gig at the Birdcage in Portsmouth, thanks to everyone who came down, some new friends made and we got to play with some quality bands. Thanks again to the Daken boys, it's been great having them come along on the tour with us and looking forward to playing with them again on Sunday night.
So today we're having a few hours recovery at home to recharge then it's our home own gig tonight at the KC in Newbury. We're really looking forward to this one as it will be the first time we get to play to all of our friends. We've got some great support from Man Like Fire and French duo Overland Inn so come on down from 8 tonight as this one will be EPIC
so the tour is now underway, huge thanks to everyone who came down to Brighton and all of the awesome bands that supported us. We had a great time and will definitely return to the Hydrant again.
We've had a lazy day today chilling out on Brighton beach and and afternoon stop off in the Historic village of Arundel for a quick drink and refresh and now we heading off to Portsmouth to get ready for gig number 2 at the Birdcage.
Hopefully see some of you tonight and we'll drop by again tomorrow to let you know what we've been up to
Firestate over and out
Tour kicks off Tomorrow
Happy Wednesday Firestate fans As you may all be aware our mini EP launch tour kicks off Tomorrow in Brighton and we are very excited to get out and play at some new venues with some new bands. The EP's have arrived along with the Firestate T-shirts so we will have plenty of cool merch on sale at each gig so make sure you bring your pocket money! We will add a new blog each day to let you know how things are going and we will try and film as much as possible so we can upload a little video diary at the end for your amusement Dates as follows Thursday 12th Jan - The Hydrant Brighton Friday 13th Jan - The Birdcage Portsmouth Saturday 14th Jan - The KC Newbury Sunday 15th Jan - The Railway Winchester After this we will be in the studio for a week and then back out in Wantage at The Swan on Friday the 3rd of February Hope to see you all at some point over the next week Firestate
One week to go
Happy New Year to you all
We've enjoyed a couple of weeks chilling out and now it's back to rehearsals to get ready for next weeks mini tour. We are really excited to kick off 2012 with a run of gigs in January and February with support from some great bands such as Daken, Lucy T, Below The Fall, Dead Empire and Overland Inn (see individual events for full details)
To coincide with these dates we will be officially launching our first EP with both CD digipak and online download versions available to buy, full details off this to follow next week
So if you're looking for something to kick those January blues why not come along to one (or all if you're feeling like a super fan) of our shows and help us get 2012 off to an awesome start
Full details here....
See you all next week