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Firewater: Blowing Up the Laboratory

Since its start in 1997, Firewaterhas experimented with a surprising array of sounds and ideas, using all sorts of instruments to complement socially and politically charged lyrics.

Firewater's founder, Tod A, never seemed to have a structured concept of what he wanted for his band. With the band's lineup changing regularly, each of Firewater's records produces a different sound with only one common thread: The band's music sounds like nothing else. Firewater joins World Cafe host David Dye with songs from its new album, The Golden Hour.

Before recording The Golden Hour, Tod A abandoned the skyscrapers of New York, instead opting for a globetrotting jaunt throughout the Middle East and Asia. It was in these exotic surroundings that he recorded most of the album with drummer Tamir Muska, utilizing only local musicians, a single microphone, and a laptop. The result of these collaborations affected the personal and political lyrics of The Golden Hour. "It's a bit like being a mad scientist," Tod A says. "You mix a bit of this with some of that. You're never sure what's going to happen... But I'd rather blow up the laboratory than keep reinventing the wheel."

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