This weeks ‘Amped artist’ is British progressive metal band The Safety Fire. The band was kind enough to film All Axess a series of exclusive videos; first up is lessons from guitarists Dez Nagle and Jo Ardiles on how to play their respective parts of the songs ‘Animal King’ and ‘DMB(FDB),’ from the band’s debut album ‘Grind The Ocean.’ Both videos, as well as a statement from the band announcing an upcoming tour can be found below.
The Safety Fire press release: “British tech--metallers The Safety Fire are extremely pleased to announce that they have been invited to take part in a free summer music series that invites fans and artists to represent their music and celebrate musical diversity -- CONVERSE UK announced the launch of REPRESENT at London’s legendary 100 Club, with The Safety Fire being added to the REPRESENT OVERKILL bill on the 9th of August.
“From July 30th to August 10th, Converse will bring REPRESENT to life through the ultimate live music experience at the 100 Club. With headline acts to include a range of artists from various genres including Plan B, Nas, Paul Weller, Spiritualized, Toots and The Maytals, SBTRKT, UK Subs, Santigold, Overkill, Kano, John Talabot, Django Django, Best Coast and other special guests, the free concert series will present nine gigs, featuring a total of 45 notable artists who have helped shape the global music landscape of the past, present and future. Since its inception in 1942, the 100 Club has been famed for its democratic celebration of music of all genres.
“The Safety Fire has always pushed the boundaries of technical, progressive metal since their inception. With their expansive atmospheres and soaring melodies, it’s easy to see why vocalist Sean McWeeney, bassist Lori Peri, drummer Calvin Smith and guitarists Derya Nagle & Joaquin Ardiles are now at the forefront of their ever growing genre.
“The band released the first single “Huge Hammers” to widespread critical acclaim, with the single garnering plays from Zane Lowe amongst others. “Huge Hammers” is the perfect taster to the release of their debut album, “Grind the Ocean”. Mastered by Jens Bogren (well known for his work with such luminaries as Opeth, Katatonia and Amon Amarth), the album was produced and mixed by guitarist Derya Nagle as part of his “BlackBear Productions”.
“As well as being invited to play the Converse REPRESENT show, The Safety Fire will be performing at Hevy Festival on the 4th of August, followed by a month long tour with Periphery and Between The Buried And Me -- see below for the October tour dates:
1st October // Reading -- Sub 89
2nd October // Wolverhampton -- Slade Rooms
3rd October // Glasgow -- The Garage
4th October // Newcastle -- O2 Academy 2
5th October // Manchester -- O2 Club Academy
6th October // Leeds -- Cockpit
7th October // Bristol -- O2 Academy
8th October // Southampton -- The Brook 2nd November // London -- Shepherds Bush Empire
“Guitarist Derya Nagle had this to say about the tour: ‘We are so hyped to be going out with BTBAM and Periphery. It has been a while since we toured the UK and I couldn’t think of a stronger line up to go out with. Each band has their own unique sound and should be a treat for any prog metal fan!’”
Praise for The Safety Fire:
“Akin to a meticulously designed but unpredictable cluster bomb.” – Kerrang!
“Complex forwarding thinking metal… You have to be pretty damned good to stand out from the crowd these days. London crowd The Safety Fire do so by using the oldest trick in the book -- by writing proper, solid songs” Rocksound