Southern Californian based Firemelon have dropped their breakup track, Before Goodbye, fusing elements of twangy country guitars, gritty rock’n’roll and infectious pop melody. The five-piece collective of accomplished musicians, consisting of Matthew Samia (Vocals, Guitar), Matt Bailey (Guitar, Mandocaster), Ron Larson (Bass), Jeff Cassens (Drums, Percussion) and Chris Harvey (Pedal Steel) have crafted a track oozing with slide guitar, remorse, and reflection.
The band spoke with The Fountain about how they met, their favourite gig and their new EP, King Leisure.
TF: A new single, how exciting, what can we expect?
Before Goodbye is a song about the breakup of a relationship, and the melancholy musings that come with it. It’s full-on “Americana”, complete with pedal steel, Hammond organ, and a stripped, guitar-driven arrangement. Pure Firemelon.
TF: What more have you planned for the year, an EP, LP?
Before Goodbye is the first single off of our new album, King Leisure, which will be dropping in a few weeks. We’ve also been working up fresh material for a new album. We plan to start recording in the fall. Lots of new music coming out from Firemelon!
TF: And will you be touring with Before Goodbye soon, are we to have the pleasure of seeing you live?
We’re getting our summer tour dates together at the moment. Currently we have a show upcoming at The Mint in Los Angeles, with Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on July 11th, a show at The Coachhouse in Southern California on July 20th, and we’ll be at our favourite local music dive, The Karman Bar in Orange County on July 28th. We’ll be fleshing out the rest of the summer and into the fall asap!
TF: What has been your favourite gig to date?
We did a great show with Mike Campbell at the Coachhouse last year – that one definitely stands out. Mike is a great guy, and one of my personal musical heroes, so it was a personal kick playing with his new band, The Dirty Knobs. And the Coach House is a great mid-sized venue – not too big, and not too small, so the sold-out crowd was close-by to pump us up with their energy. A memorable show all-around!
TF: How did all five of you meet, are you all from California?
We’re all from Huntington Beach, in Southern California. We met in high school, and have all played together at various times in the past. Firemelon is the first band we’ve all played in all together, though. It’s great to have guys who are all on the same page musically and are all great friends outside of the band. Although there’s pretty much no “Outside the Band” any more.
Listen to Before Goodbye here.