Best of... Firewater
For all those who have commitment issues or are new to the back catalog of our humble label, here's an intro course into the wonderful world of gypsy-punk pioneers Firewater.
For all those who have commitment issues or are new to the back catalog of our humble label, here's an intro course into the wonderful world of gypsy-punk pioneers Firewater. Once you're done here, be sure to check out other artist's best of digi-albums to get the full Bloodshot experience.
Firewater was birthed in a Brooklyn basement in the long, hot summer of 1997. Depressed, broke, and desperate, ex-Cop Shoot Cop leader Tod A tossed away a major label deal and a free meal ticket to launch what--at the time--was a crazy proposition: a punk band fueled by gypsy and klezmer tunes. Tod had stumbled upon a dusty box of records and cassettes in a Russian junk shop on West 14th Street, and had fallen in love with the happy/sad conflict embodied in Eastern European melodies. He wanted to combine the mystery and melodrama of these tragic-comic sounds with the energy of his first love: punk rock. When Firewater's first record, Get Off The Cross (We Need the Wood for the Fire), came out, critics and fans were excited—and confused. The press was enthusiastic—but between the lines lay a lot of questions: How can we pigeonhole this? What is this all about?
However, fifteen (and six records) later, Tod's crazy idea doesn't sound quite so crazy anymore. Bands as diverse as Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box and Beirutowe a debt to his early adventurousness. In the meantime, the Internet has opened the ears of millions of people to music from around the world. Firewater's music has never fit very well into pre-fabricated boxes.
A compulsive traveler, Tod has always been inspired by the stories, people, and music of the places he has visited. The records that followed were musical mash-ups that threw together flavors as seemingly disparate as spy jazz, ska, classic Bollywood, salsa, cabaret, Mexican banda, and Russian folk—to create a distinctive brew that was always 100% Firewater.