Indiepop duo Firewoodisland have released their self-titled EP, just in time to comfort their concerned fans. Despite the unusual circumstances in the world at the time of the release, the pair have chosen to make the best of things by hosting weekly online concerts from their living room.
“We have entered weird times, with all this self-isolating and fear spreading about Coronavirus. Between news articles and opinions crowding our social media news feeds, it’s hard to escape the panic and confusion. However, social media is an amazing tool and we want to grasp the incredible power of it and use it to spread hope and joy.”
Each show will feature “friends of Firewoodisland” and will be announced with prelinks on Facebook and Youtube.
Brighton-based multi-instrumentalist Ben McKelvey has shared his video for ‘Wild Child’, a refreshing indie-rock offering, on which he plays all instruments.
Mckelvey is an experienced performer in his own right, having toured extensively with the likes of Wet Wet Wet, Genesis supergroup, Mike & The Mechanics, Marti Pellow and Scouting For Girls. It’s no surprise then that the video is centred around the trials and tribulations facing the travelling musician. “‘Wild Child’ was the last song I recorded for the album. It instantly became my favourite on the record and probably is my favourite I’ve ever written. There’s a lot of emotion in this song and it’s the most personal I’ve ever written. A song based on true events about how being a musician is something you can’t choose to let go when it’s in your blood and how it can destroy personal relationships. A tough song to write but very therapeutic. It was written at a low point in my life but when we get to play it live, it’s just incredible. I guess it’s dedicated to the musicians out there giving it their all.” he says.
All of that said, even the ups, downs and sacrifices that need to be made don’t seem to be able to put McKelvey off the touring life. Catch him on the road – dates below.
22/06/19 MAGAZIN4, BAD REICHENHALL, GERMANY
19/07/19 PENNFEST (main stage)
22/10/19 KING TUTS, GLASGOW w/ Jake Clemons
23/10/19 O2 ACADEMY2, SHEFFIELD w/ Jake Clemons
24/10/19 O2 ACADEMY2, LIVERPOOL w/ Jake Clemons
25/10/19 O2 ACADEMY2, OXFORD w/ Jake Clemons
26/10/19 O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON, LONDON w/ Jake Clemons