Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Theater Fire

Download: The Theater Fire -- "These Tears Could Rust A Train" (MP3, 192kbps)

The Theater Fire is the hot new act on Undeniable Records, the same label that brought us the Happy Bullets and the Tah-Dahs. The North TX scene (Dallas, Denton, etc.) is pretty hot right now. Midlake, Pilotdrift, the Spree, Centro-matic and affiliated acts...there's a lot going on. Hell, Matt Pence (the outstanding drummer/engineer for Centro-matic) had a hand in Everybody Has A Dark Side and it has that wonderful, airy feel that makes their records such a treat. The Theater Fire has a dusty, Western sound with a dose of darker Appalachia thrown in. Listen to this song for its insistent picked guitar line and placid rhythms and stay for that shuffling bell-driven chorus. I think my favorite moment, though, is when the strings and trumpet kick in right on the titular line in the first verse, giving it just the right pinch of melancholy, and then pow! everything's happy again. Or is it?


Another squeaky saloon door from the folks at Team Clermont.


Anonymous said...

This is a really great track. Since they're obviously not afraid of sharing band names, I propose this group rename themselves the "Born on the Bayou Belle and Sebastian."

Nate said...

Saw them play their record release party in Denton this weekend. Phenomenal.

Anonymous said...

The Theater Fire was formed before the Arcade Fire , I think early. 2002 - Arcade Fire was formed in 2003. The band is aware of this but does not care. This cd is damn good! Very original!! Yo check it.