|Skeleton Key Review from Northeast Performer Magazine|
A Wish for Fire - Skeleton Key
Recorded at New Alliance Studios, Cambridge, MA
Recorded and Mixed by Ethan Dussault
Mastered by Michael Sepavich
"As far as gothic hard rock albums go, A Wish for Fire's most recent EP, Skeleton Key, is an extremely solid effort. The five songs are cohesive, melodramatic, and prove to be well-written compositions. Like most of Skeleton Key, the opener "To A Fault," is an ecstatic song featuring powerful drumming, agitated guitars and disenchanted dudes. Songs like "If Only" and "Not Today" evoke similar emotions and structural elements with racing drum beats and chunky metal riffage. The distressed and yearning quality of singer and guitarist Owen Beane becomes most apparent on the lone ballad "All At Once." Featuring just Beane on vocals and piano, it's easy to imagine a dark figure leaning over a piano in an empty medieval castle pouring his heart out over this solemn and mysterious song.
The only downside of the record is the slightly muddy production. The vocals mixed dryly and in so far in front of the music that it takes' Beane's passionate crooning too far out of the element that the band works so hard to build. This is particularly true on "Not Today," one of the most solid songs on the record.
The overall feel of Skeleton Key is similar to that of any H.I.M. record, with the same kind of ominous and manic metal bite. With an aggressive yet melodic tone, it's easy to see A Wish for Fire being an effective and compelling live band. Their songs have a clear structure and feature definitive rising action and build-ups while deftly eschewing predictability." (Self-released)
Skeleton Key Review from The Noise
A WISH FOR FIRE
"Raw and powerful, yet with a canny knack for melody is a great way to describe this band. Owen Beaneís vocal approach and sense of melody are easily reminiscent of Matthew Bellamy from Muse. The band hits hard, while maintaining a radio ready modern rock ethic, comeplete with juicy guitar riffs, meaty hooks, and skillfully pounded percussive rhythms. This EP is skillfully produced and hopes to push all the right buttons. This will be in my laptop for some time to come."
(Joel Simches) (The Noise Website)
Northeast Performer Magazine
Show of the Month (Ocotboer 2007)
"...Wish For Fire, who was celebrating the release of its new record Skeleton Key, eagerly took the stage next, plowing through a tight set chockfull of aggressive numbers... The band was impressively well rehearsed and really got into the performance."
- Review by Adam Arrigo (Performer Magazine Website)
A Wish For Fire Ignites Change
The Boston Herald (July 2007)
Excerpt: "We're kind of a motley crew," said the band's drummer, Anthony Mellace (the hairdresser), who was sitting at one of Zu Zu's tables with guitarist Mike Sepavich (the marketing manager). "It's great that four guys from all different backgrounds can come together and make something that's better than anything we could do alone."
"It was really important to get all of us in one room and let people get the feel of us live," Mellace said. "It's raw. We didn't want it to be too polished for the public. I think the public sees that as fake. Plus, I enjoy listening to it and that doesn't happen too often."
** The music: Listen to "If Only" and "Not Today" from A Wish for Fire's unreleased EP, "The Skeleton Key," at www.bostonherald.com, www.awishforfire.com and www.myspace.com/awishforfire.
by KERRY PURCELL - The Boston Herald - "The Edge"
A Wish For Fire catches Tears For Fears turning the corner with early Rolling Stones in this high-energy minimalist CD nearing shoegazer proportion. 1960's acid rock gets laced with lethargic middle eastern tunings and themes. Turn your Soundgarden LP from 33-1/3 down to 16 and you'll hear the fresh treatment of musical ideas spoken by the musicians of A Wish For Fire.
There's plenty of thought put into this music, and I particularly like Nick Zampiello and Marc Schleicher's center-point background mike-ing of Owen Beane's vocals on many of the songs. His voice soars majestically. A Wish For Fire's collection prepares a wonderful steambath of sound for the listener to slip into with a cool pilsener in the hand ... the afternoon casually slips by ... the mind relaxes ... the soul awakens.
© 2003 dan troxell, YourSound.com
A Wish For Fire ~ Self-Titled Review - April 2004
Hey kids! Was Nirvana just a little too upbeat for you? Do you find Godsmack a little too life-affirming? Are you looking for the right music to play while scribbling dark poetry into a spiral notebook while waiting in line for another tattoo? I give you A Wish For Fire.
Donít get me wrong Ė these guys can play. And by their own admission, they gravitate toward the heavy and brooding, with each song dark, thumping, and dramatic. You wonít find a lot of variety, but if you like being in a bad mood, youíll find exactly what youíre looking for in lyrics like:
Under the baby blue of day
I can sit and count the ways
Mother Nature dies in the hands of Father Time.
Itís easy to get pulled in to the interesting vocal harmonies, and frontman Owen Beane has a style of playing keyboards that intensifies the drama, especially in tracks like ďWhen Itís All Said and DoneĒ and ďKeep Yourself Alive.Ē He also has an ominous, almost snarling voice. Perfect with this music.
Iím going to go ahead and recommend this CD to those who like their rock music poetic, their bodies multi-pierced, and their skies cloudy. Iím also going to recommend that therapists and guidance counselors stand by on red alert.
By Jennifer Layton - Indie-Music.com
A Wish For Fire
As recent winners of first-round competition at the local Emergenza Festival, A Wish For Fire continues to solidify themselves as a formidable band on the Boston scene. The bandís new self-titled CD illustrates a group straying from typical musical traditions by creating what they call "romantic pop."
The groupís sound meanders and nearly defies conventional structure and the vocals are unlike anything likely to be found on the radio. There is a trace of psychedelic rock in the composition with both the sound and arrangement following more of a feeling than any set (or expected) pattern. The lyrics are complex and full of disheartening yearning. The music and vocals combine to make an unmistakeable mood indicative of the grayish/black album cover.
It would be difficult to miss a live performance in Cambridge.
© digitalartifact.org/247(Sean G.) March 2004