BROKEN FIRES release their long-awaited ‘New Friends’ EP Today, via Phwoar & Peace records.
Their first extended release in some 5 years, the South Wales trio dust themselves off with a collection of four varied new tracks that find a band broadening their sound and spreading their wings.
The EP closes with the exceptional “Boundaries”, a stately string-laden track that shoots for stratospheres of stadia. Featuring Angharad Jenkins of Calan, the track finds Broken Fires adding lush textures and heavenly atmospheres to their patent alt-rock sound. Speaking about the recording process for “Boundaries”, Tom says:
“The lead vocal and violins for “Boundaries” were added at an old chapel in Monmouth. We had to push home the final bit of recording and so hired this place for 3 days. Angharad Jenkins of welsh folk band “Calan” came to visit with her little daughter. She recorded the violins while I (silently) entertained her daughter next to her feet, being careful not to make a squeak. She stared at her mum in awe for a few takes before the novelty wore off!”
To mark the release of the EP today, Broken Fires have commissioned a limited run of special edition screen prints. Available on Bandcamp now with purchases of the EP, keep your eyes peeled for some exclusive T-shirts in time for Welsh Band T-shirt Day on 16th July.
Written and recorded by Broken Fires at sessions that culminated at Mwnci Studios, West Wales, “New Friends” was produced by Broken Fires’ own Justin Hendy (guitarist), with additional mixing by Matt Lederman (!!!, Rural Alberta Advantage) and mastering by Ryan Morey (Arcade Fire / Suuns). Giving the track a true DIY finish, the vocals were originally laid down in the front room of Justin’s flat in Swansea.