Fire Sale is a Punk Rock team up comprised of Matt Riddle (Face to Face and No Use For A Name), Chris Swinney (The Ataris), Pedro Aida (Ann Beretta), and Matt Morris. Their recently released 2-song single was mixed/mastered at The Blasting Room (owned by Bill Stevenson of The Descendents) and has hand-painted art by Mark deSalvo, known for his classic album covers (NOFX, Lagwagon and Pulley). The singles include “A Fool’s Errand” and “We Dance For Sorrow”.
Matt Riddle says of “A Fool’s Errand”:
I wrote the music to this song while I was extremely ill about 10-12 years ago. The bassline came about by testing myself, to see if I could still play at all. It has a weird picking style, kind of a banjo-ish thing. Thumb and first two fingers. It’s a pretty simple chord progression, but when I showed the guys, they seemed to really like it. Pedro wrote this killer vocal melody with rad harmonies, Chris tracked the guitars and Matt laid down these insane drums and I was like, wow!
Chris Swinney says of the B-side single “We Dance For Sorrow”:
‘We Dance For Sorrow’ started off as just the verse. I have had that riff knocking around for years, but could never turn it into a song. One night last year, I couldn’t sleep, so I went out to the studio. I wrote the chorus progression and the chromatic bridge riff. When the other guys wrote their parts, it really took shape. We have written and recorded a lot of songs over the last couple of years, but this is one of my favorites. It has a cool melancholy vibe to it, perfect for the fall.
The Fire Sale single marks the third release for the recently relaunched indie label Negative Progression Records which over an 18 year career developed and supported bands, helping them hit the road.