Sunday, September 6, 2015

CD Review: Raging Fire Brings Everything Together For New Compilation

Independent Nashville band Raging Fire are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album "A Family Thing" with a new release entitled "Everything Is Roses," which covers the band's entire catalog. In 1984, they caught the attention of the Nashville rock scene, opening for punk bands like The Cramps and The Replacements before recording their first studio album. They were named one of the best unsigned bands of 1988, along with The Pixies, according to College Music Journal magazine.

As the band's underground popularity grew, a major label never came calling and the band ended up disbanding in 1989. Pristine Music decided now was the perfect time to remind fans by gathering together 22 of the bands songs for a compilation, "Everything Is Roses 1985-1989" will also make its way to vinyl and to the digital markets.

The compilation is broken up into two parts, 1985-1987 and 1988-1989 as the band's line-up had changed between these two time periods. The slow beginning of "A Family Thing" leads into the band's punk-like sound of The Dead Milkmen and Violent Femmes. They keep the energy on high with the raw feel of "Beware Of Man With Manners" and "You And Me." Lead singer Melora Zaner makes herself the main focus with the country vocal delivery of "After Loving One Man In East Texas," before returning with the guitar-driven energy of "Locust Sting."

The second half of the release has a more developed rock vibe as the bass duties for these recordings became a rotating door of musicians. The alternative sound of "A Desire Scorned" and "Under The Awning" helped lay the stepping stones for that genre. The compilation includes a raw, rough live recording of "Angel A Blue" and finishes with the 2015 version of "More Than This," which is the band's first new recording in 25 years. To find out more about this latest release from Raging Fire, please visit

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