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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Humble Fire
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Story behind your band/artist name: We debated names for a long time, but eventually we landed on Humble Fire, a name that Nefra had come across when watching an indie film with her parents.
Band Members: Nefra Faltas, Xaq Rothman, Dave Epley, Jason Arrol
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : We all met and started the band in the District. We all live in DC off the green line and for years have practiced in Mt Pleasant (with a brief exile to Rhode Island Ave area :). Nefra grew up in Reston, VA and Xaq grew up in Takoma Park, MD. Jason is from NC and Dave from TN.
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: 1. Humble Fire owes its origins to Craigslist, which first brought guitarist Dave and singer Nefra together through another project and later recruited Xaq, bassist, who responded to Dave’s ad with a purposeful manifesto that will forever go down in band history.
2. The band's songwriting process is very collaborative and revolves around practices where a band member will present a rhythm, riff, melody idea, etc. and then the band will workshop it, taking an iphone recording away to listen to for the week and tackle at the next practice. We have a folder of dozens of song starts and ideas over the past 5 years.
3. The band celebrates the diverse musical influences that each member draws from their musical backgrounds--from bluegrass and classical, to punk and hip hop--weaving addictive rhythms and vulnerable vocals through tightly wound guitar and bass melodies.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: We are releasing our new album "Builder" on July 28. The first three singles off the album are already out (Taliesin, Fine Line and Builder). Taliesin and Builder both have music videos we're very proud of that we created with local DC artists. The Builder video premiered on NPR "First Watch".
You can pre-order the new album at http://humblefire.band in vinyl, CD and digital. We also have super comfy shirts, buttons and a flexible vinyl single of "Taliesin" for sale!
Here's our full bio:
Humble Fire’s album “Builder” explores physical and emotional experiences around loss and reconstruction, from family deaths and failed romances to the shocks and stresses they have navigated as a band. Through those experiences, they’ve come to appreciate that reconstruction isn’t something you can tackle on your own: it requires an entire crew. “Builder,” then, is as much about that process of putting yourself back together, as it is about the relationships that can help or hinder that process. Since Humble Fire’s members have known each other over the past five or so years, they’ve all shown up for each other in different ways as part of that reconstruction crew. They’re lucky to have found family in each other in that way.
Somewhat accidentally, the album also ended up being about working out questions of identity. ‘Who am I now, in this world without my parents in it’, for example? ‘How can I take care of others without losing myself?’ When the band first listened back to the fully assembled album, they realized it had become a sort of therapy in working out some of those questions. More broadly, Humble Fire’s collective identity is also something they try to be very intentional about. As a DC-based band, they’re immersed in and identify with the tradition of DIY independence and social awareness typically associated with the politics of hardcore punk (despite not working in the genre). They strive to embody those values as a band as much as in their personal lives.
Humble Fire owes its origins to Craigslist, which first brought guitarist Dave and singer Nefra together through another project and later recruited Xaq, bassist, who responded to Dave’s ad with a purposeful manifesto that will forever go down in band history. While not the band’s original drummer, Jason had long been a friend and active musician in the DC DIY music circuit before signing on in 2016. In its current form, the band celebrates the diverse musical influences that each member draws from--from bluegrass and classical, to punk and hip hop--weaving addictive rhythms and vulnerable vocals through tightly wound guitar and bass melodies.
Official Website URL: http://humblefire.band
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/humblefireband/
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/2J0nfys688Y2Q8zXx6mevQ
Main Genre: Indie
Other Genres: dream pop, dream rock, art rock