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Firekites: Artist Profile

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Named after the abandoned dance hall in which it was recorded, The Bowery is a breath-taking debut album for Australian musical collective, Firekites. Formed in 2005 by Tim McPhee and Rod Smith, the band has blossomed organically, growing into an absorbing and popular live act that has shared the stage with Built To Spill, Iron & Wine, The Sea and Cake, Laura Marling, Bill Callahan, Stars, The Tallest Man on Earth and School of Seven Bells.

The Firekites collective features an array of musicians who are no strangers to Australia’s independent music scene. With vocals and guitar provided by McPhee of instrumental architects The Instant, backing vocals offered by Jane Tyrrell of powerful hip-hop act The Herd, and members of Pivot, Charge Group and Josh Pyke’s touring band, Firekites are an accomplished group of songwriters who have married lush composition with musical subtlety.

The Firekites feature on episode 2 of Insomnia Radio: Australia