Fire Season on the band's debut EP, American Gladiators and "dad tolerance"

Fire Season (due tomorrow at Wax Trax) is best described as a power- pop band with a singer who sounds like he retired from a decade or two of serving as a drill sergeant -- or might have been raised by wolves. Sam Braakman's voice has character, a Scott Kelly-esque edge in otherwise upbeat, angular pop. Braakman formed the band with his ex-bandmate Rachel Edgerton when melodic garage-punk outfit The French Chemists dissolved a couple of years back.
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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.