The Firrenes (rhymes with ‘beans’) an independent melodic Rock band from Edinburgh, Scotland. Fronted by singer/songwriter and guitarist Jules Reed and co-writer, bassist Walt Cumming. The band pulls inspiration from across the spectrum of modern music including; 70’s Rock, Americana, Blues, R&B, Indie Rock and Art Pop. Reed is also well known as composer Julian Wagstaff, and as such brings a Classical influence to their sound. Tony Greenwood (drums), John Richard (keys) and Fiona Dabjen (sax/vocals) round out the band’s lineup.
“Everything Solid Melts Into Air” is the opening track on The Firrenes’ album “Door Too Wide.” On its surface the song is an upbeat Alternative Pop/Rocker with a catchy hook and a toe-tapping, melodic jangly guitar groove. And it is certainly all of those things. The band is in top form as they kick out an excellent Indie Rock vibe reminiscent of UK Alternative legends like Elvis Costello and The Smiths.
However, the positive mood of the music belies the deeper and more complex emotional and political undercurrents of the lyrics. From the perspective of the shifting political landscapes of the world, the song views the transient nature of reality as it comes in stark contradiction with the false sense of permanence we human beings hold dear. It’s heady stuff. The title is in reference to Karl Marx’s description of the modernist period, in which he said “all that is solid melts into air.” Sitting on the other side of the ocean, the message feels remarkably relevant right now as the political landscape in the United States is in more of a flux than ever.
Check out the video for “Everything Solid Melts Into Air,” below. You can also hear the song on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. Follow the links below to connect with The Firrenes. Get on their profiles and get in the loop on all of the current and future projects from this talented and diverse group of musicians.