Shiprocked 2016 was my very first sailing. With me being a newbie and all, I didn’t know what to expect, but after those four days on the ship I walked off with a ton of new friends and new music to download onto my iPod. Fast forward to May 2016, when the 2017 lineup was announced. I was excited to share the killer news with my friends. Just underneath my post was a video from one of the bands who were going to be performing on the ship. Of course, I had to give it a listen because you can never go wrong with a good female-led band. Letters from the Fire is the name of that band.
I will admit, I had not heard of them prior to the release of the 2017 lineup, so I had to dig into some of their backstory on how they were created. Once that was done, I started to download the albums. Their sound is something unique to me. What I mean by that is, it’s very melodic with heavy metal-esque riffs and drum beats. Normally, I can compare a band with the sounds of another band, but it can’t be done with Letters from the Fire. This makes them unique in their own right.
Their first EP was released in 2012 and was produced by the one and only Ben Moody, formerly from Evanescence, the Halo Method, and member of We are the Fallen. It was this album that Moody and the members of the band created hits like “Zombies in the Sun” and their rendition of The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby.” Then they had a sudden change in lead singers. In came Alexa Kabazie. She was recommended by their producer Kile Odell. Keller said, “She was killing it on the demos we heard. We had to fly to North Carolina just to see if she could do it in person. She nailed the audition literally on the first try.”
Which brings us to 2016, where LFTF released their newest album called Worth the Pain. This album was the first one I heard. I absolutely love this album and “Give into Me” is easily my favorite song from it. The song is full of electronics and heavy guitar. In the video, it seems to be about someone facing addiction that ultimately gives into the dark side. Also in the video, there is a person who looks tortured by another, but it ends up being themselves. Another one of my favorite songs from this album is “Scars.” The reason for this is it reminds me of all of the hurt I went through and overcame, though the scars will never fade.
I am super excited to see Letters From the Fire this year and I can’t wait to hear them live. I expect huge things from this band.