|Fire At Will was spawned in 2010 from the ashes of My Asylum after singer Caleb Dillner left and the group needed a new vocalist. Drummer Charlie Smith had previously met Hanu De Jong when auditioning singers for another band.
“We just work around the tours that he does, but we want to go over and play as well, says guitarist Josh Dillner. “About half our Facebook likes are South African so it’s been our goal to tour over there for a while.”Still buzzing after recently supporting Anberlin at a sold out Kings Arms, the boys are ready for bigger crowds. Debut album ‘The Way Out’ is as catchy as it is satisfyingly heavy, with influences such as Alter Bridge, Foo Fighters, Kyuss and the unanimous favourite Deftones.
“It’s taken about two and half years,” says guitarist Kev Ashby. “We had originally planned it as an EP, we did six songs but decided to wait and do an album.”
It was recorded all over the place, including the now defunct The Manor and band members’ bedrooms. Hanu’s laptop with his master vocal tracks was stolen and, after a falling out with their initial mix engineer, they had to start again from scratch. The album was finally mixed by Sonic Altar’s Kane Bennett and mastered in South Africa, again thanks to Hanu’s hook-ups. The self-produced, self-funded effort has been a long time coming but the band is “pretty stoked with the outcome.
‘The Way Out’ has been received well at home, with first single Can’t Wait making it to #9 on The Rock chart and NZ On Air providing grants for three music videos so far. The band recently toured the North Island to promote the album, with Sonic Altar, and are already excited about writing new material.
Although there are no official plans for a second album yet, where there’s a will there’s clearly a way.