‘Colonel Blood’ released on 24th September 2012 in UK/Europe and
25th September in North America through Xtra Mile Recordings/ILG.
Fuelled by a shared love and passion for American hard rock music as well punk and hardcore, Fighting With Wire – Cahir O Doherty (electric guitar and vocals, Craig McKean, drums and Jamie King, bass) – are skilled craftsmen at creating and shaping huge anthems. A formidable force live and an unstoppable talent for fierce dense rock riffs and memorable melodies they’ve been praised by all corners of the music industry both in the UK and North America and built up a fervent army of fans with the release of their debut album MAN VS MONSTER.
A big, brash rock ‘n’ roll album that married rocks riffs with perfect pop melodies MAN VS MONSTER delivered a sound that took the whole of the UK by storm and left the world at their feet. Whisked off to America later that year the band signed to a major label and set about recording the follow-up album – ‘COLONEL BLOOD’. This began a journey through the American music industry, from the highs of recording with legendary producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones, Danzig…) to the frustration of the resulting album ultimately being shelved.
Fast forward to 2012 and having extricated themselves from the label deal with an epic sounding album in their arsenal the band can now finally build on this early success with the support from new home Xtra Mile Recordings who will give this album the full and proper release it deserves throughout the UK, Europe and North America.
An enormous-sounding, stadium-filling collection of heavy rock songs, ‘Colonel Blood’ is packed with belting riffs, brutal rhythmic attacks and sing along choruses. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, Raskulinecz has helped create a straight-up rock record that delivers punch after punch of direct and honest songs, tuneful, energetic, upbeat and damn right catchy. Cahir explains:
“With this new record we really focused on the songs, we’re all influenced by early 90′s American rock so making this record we tried to give that 90′s sound a modern makeover. It was great working with Nick Raskulinecz in Nashville, he really got what we were trying to do and helped us make this record sound huge.”
And huge it is. From the opening chords and guttural screams on ‘Waiting On A Way To Believe’ through to the beautifully arranged album finale of ‘Run For Cover’, Colonel Blood is a bold listening experience that comes together in a focused and unified body of work, mature in its direction and indicative of a band who have stayed together through thick and thin for almost ten years.
Fighting With Wire’s story began in Derry, Northern Ireland in 2003, where O’Doherty was playing in the band Jetplane Landing. Hooking up with drummer McKean from previous band Clearshot, the two decided they wanted to keep working together and formed Fighting With Wire. Playing as many gigs as possible honed the band’s sound and work ethic and created the blueprint for what was to follow. They went through a series of bass players before linking up with King, who moved home from London to complete the line-up. Constant gigging and a handful of singles and EPs later, the band soon made their mark with their debut album MAN VS MONSTER.
BBC Radio 1 personality Zane Lowe became a big fan and ardent supporter, calling MAN VS. MONSTER, “absolutely phenomenal from the start to the end, a flawless modern rock record…” and Kerrang! announced that Fighting With Wire “are living proof that despite the gazillions already used you can still come up with a fucking great band name if you try. More importantly the music matches; vicious and stinging in parts but applied with dexterity and finesse.” Rocksound seconded, gushing that “these three guys make enough noise to drown out an Armageddon-scale nuclear attack… against a seething mass of generic and unoriginal rock and indie bands.”
MAN VS. MONSTER put Fighting With Wire on the road non-stop throughout the UK and Europe, playing nearly all of the biggest festivals, including Oxygen, T in the Park, BBC Radio One Big Weekend, and the Reading and Leeds Festivals.
And now, in 2012 with the release of Colonel Blood, Fighting With Wire will pick up the mantle from four years ago and finally take their position centre stage, where they belong.
It’s been a long time coming, but it’s been worth the wait.
“We’re very excited and honoured to be a part of the Xtra Mile family, 2012 is shaping up to be great year and we can’t wait for everyone to hear our album!”