“When the band locks in together they instantly transport you back to packed venues and sold-out shows, capturing all of the brilliant escapism that nights out represent.”
– Under The Radar
Transatlantic indie rock group The Backfires are back with an Arctic Monkeys-esque indie rock banger, “Song 55” on October 19th. Rebelling against the capitalist cog and reveling in the joys of creativity, The Backfires’ latest single is what the band calls “a middle finger to the hyper commercialization of creativity.” Featuring early noughties-era electric guitar hooks and a high energy rhythm section, “Song 55” is a radio hit ready to happen.
On the song, The Backfires share: “‘Song 55’ captures the attitude of people in their twenties–the apathy towards 9-5 work and joining the capitalist cog. The title comes from the reality that it’s the 55th song we wrote this year but also references the notion of artists needing to churn out song after song, month after month….Simply put, the pandemic was a slap in the face to a lot of people who were able to have the freedom to work from wherever they wanted, however they wanted, and could prioritize values beyond that of the workplace–family, friends, their passions, etc. When you’re 20, 21, 22, 23, etc, you know you have to get a job, but most of us don’t really know why. People give up their passions and loves, move to cities they don’t like, and sit at desks which drain their souls. Music is sort of the best way to express this attitude and we knew that people could resonate with the message. Music makes you feel better after that long, monotonous day of work, and hopefully this is the tune that people belt out in their cars and find comfort or understanding in.”
“Song 55” was recorded on both sides of the Atlantic as the band was split between the United States and the United Kingdom due to border closures and the global pandemic. “Song 55” was produced and engineered by Chris Camilleri and mixed, produced, and engineered by Josh Tyrell (Lana Del Rey, U2, Dan Aubrach, One Direction, Mark Ronson, The Who, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison). The song was then mastered by Mark Santagelo (USA) at The Mastering Palace in NYC.
The Backfires – “Song 55” [Official Single Artwork]
The Backfires Bio:
Equally British and American, TheBackfires are a rock band from both sides of the Atlantic. Composed of Alex Gomez (frontman), Harry Ruprecht (lead guitar), Matt Walter (bass), and Max Wanduragala (drums), the band formed in late 2018 in London and has since relocated to New York City.
In January 2020, the band recorded their first EP, Consider the Backfires at Unwound Studios and Gun Factory Studios in London. The band’s debut single “Anything” was released on October 16th, 2020, followed by a second single “The Man” on November 13th 2020.
Consider the Backfires, an energy driven EP inspired by coming of age experiences, was released on February 19th, 2021 and has since amassed more than 250,000 streams. Under The Radar put it best when they said, “When the band locks in together they instantly transport you back to packed venues and sold-out shows, capturing all of the brilliant escapism that nights out represent.”
The band will be releasing new music beginning in October 2021 and continuing through the winter. They plan to be touring in the United States in 2022.