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The Fiery Furnaces

Restless sonic chameleons the Fiery Furnaces revolve around the brother and sister duo of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger, whose prickly childhood relationship and musical family set the stage for their playful, unpredictable music. The Friedbergers' grandmother was a musician and choir director at a Greek Orthodox church near the family's home in Oak Park, IL; their mother, who had a penchant for Gilbert & Sullivan, played piano and guitar and sang; and throughout school, Matthew played standup bass. While the Friedbergers weren't the closest of siblings growing up, after college and separate trips abroad they returned to Oak Park and began working on music together. The pair mixed simple, poppy melodies with a dizzying array of wordplay, sounds, and influences, including the Who, Captain Beefheart, Os Mutantes; dashes of folk, blues, and garage rock; and Eleanor's adventures in Europe. In 2000, they moved to Brooklyn, took day jobs, and began playing as the Fiery Furnaces late in the year.

The Furnaces played their initial gigs at a small club called Enid's and branched out from there, going through several lineups of supporting musicians as they played gigs with the French Kicks, Sleater-Kinney, and Spoon. In 2002, they began working on their first album. By the time they signed to Rough Trade on the basis of their demo, their debut, Gallowsbird's Bark, was completed and the Fiery Furnaces were already at work on the follow-up. Gallowsbird's Bark arrived in fall 2003 and won critical acclaim for its charming kitchen-sink feel, but the band gained more momentum the following year, when praise for the debut album dovetailed with the release of the group's even more diverse and challenging sophomore album, Blueberry Boat, that summer.

The Fiery Furnaces spent much of 2004 touring with Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Franz Ferdinand, and the Shins, but were already working on their third and fourth albums. Early in 2005, the Furnaces released the simply titled EP, a mini-album gathering most of their B-sides along with a few new songs. That fall, the band returned with Rehearsing My Choir, a challenging stream-of-consciousness album featuring the Friedbergers' grandmother, Olga Sarantos. They moved to Fat Possum for Bitter Tea, a collection of poppier songs that arrived in spring 2006. The following year, the Fiery Furnaces switched to Thrill Jockey and spent the summer and fall touring in anticipation of the '70s rock-influenced Widow City, which was released in October 2007 and was mixed by Tortoise's John McEntire. Remember, a sprawling live album that spliced different versions of the same songs together into collage-like tracks, followed in 2008. That fall and into winter 2009, the Fiery Furnaces recorded I'm Going Away, a simpler, more stripped-down collection that drew on the warm sounds of '70s and '80s TV show theme songs like Taxi for inspiration. The album came out in summer 2009, by which point the band was already working on other ideas, including their "silent record," an album in book form, and their "Democ-Rock" project, which allowed fans of the band to vote on the group's creative process. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi
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for me the most frustrating thing is that, because i have indicated a preference for the fiery furnaces, pandora keeps feeding me songs from of montreal. how did they ever get those two bands as similar? one is great, the other garbage..... . . .
decal_12
Great, but frustrating! But the two are inextricably linked. They get a lifetime pass for Blueberry Boat.
I'm hearing these guys for the first time right now, and they sound pretty good so far, but I just have to say that Matthew looks a lot like a young Bruce Campbell. So, Bruce being a personal hero of mine, by extension I have to like this band. :)
trinity_tori
Love this band, met them in Columbia Mo.....both are so nice, she was super shy but still signed my t-shirt.
oh god...prog rock

jeeebus
They're so good it causes me pain.
The Residents+Th e Who+Patti Smith=Fiery Furnaces
one of the best opening acts i've ever seen. They opened up for Wilco at the baltimore opera house... it was simply amazing. No breaks, the whole set was like RAWR We are TFF... everysong jumped immediately into the next... they rule. enough said.
WOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O O O O HOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O O O O O O O O O
SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOOOOO O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O D
!!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I just saw this band play live for the first time about 3 weeks ago. Simply amazing. You will miss out if you do not give this band a chance.
My absolute favorite band of all time. Not even joking. Just ask me on the street what my favorite band is. "Fiery Furnaces" no hesitation.
they are amazingly eclectic. what a wonderful, unique band. i love them.

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