THE LIBRARY IS ON FIRE
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The Library is on Fire

Location: Brooklyn, NY

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BIOGRAPHY

BIOGRAPHY

The Library is on Fire metamorphosized into a recording project by Steve Five in late 2007 in the college town of Kent, Ohio, culminating in the 2008 release of the CD Cassette. Prior to its release, Five moved back to Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY to earn his MFA at New School in Poetry and Ekphrasis, and following a lineup change, enlisted drummer Pete Sustarsic and bassist Mark Shue.

The January recording sessions with Guided by Voices producer, Todd Tobias, lasting less than two weeks in the freezing Northeast Ohio cold, showed the band's ability to work at a breakneck pace with pinpoint accuracy and culminated in the fifteen-song monolith LP/CD entitled Magic Windows, Magic Nights. Blending lo-fi cassette performances, urban NYC field recordings and tape samples with baroque orchestration and Tobias' high-fi analog indie production, Magic Windows, Magic Nights clamors with the noise of a band firing on all pistons - Fiveís melodic songwriting often veers from languid to raging, and eclipses the bandís 2008 Cassette debut, with tightened Mascis-style guitar melodies and Brian Wilson-style pop concision, while the gunfire drumming of Sustarsic and polytoned sub-frequencies of Shue coalesce into a heavy slamming machine. Magic Windows, Magic Nights showcases a band who know the meaning of impermanence and transition, and know how to bridge the gap between oblivion and survival.

In a recent interview with New York Press, Kid Millions of the rock band Oneida had declared The Library is on Fire as "the best unheard band in NYC."

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