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Firewater is a rock group founded by Tod A. in 1995. He describes them as a “wedding band gone wrong”.

After Tod left his previous group, Cop Shoot Cop, he quickly regrouped and formed Firewater to explore the styles of music Cop Shoot Cop had only hinted at, including klezmer, cabaret, ska, jazz, and gypsy forms. More than one source described the original Firewater lineup as an “indie rock supergroup”, based on members such as Duane Denison of The Jesus Lizard, Yuval Gabay of Soul Coughing, Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields, and Hahn Rowe. This original lineup proved unable to tour, and Tod recruited new musicians for the band’s first tour. While the lineup has changed over the years, with many different musicians appearing on different albums and tours, Tod remains the singer, songwriter, and bassist of Firewater.

Firewater has released six albums, and has seen some success, especially in Europe and on United States college radio stations.

Their previous album, Songs We Should Have Written, is a collection of cover songs. It includes songs written by Robyn Hitchcock, The Rolling Stones (“Paint It Black” reinterpreted as a crawlingly slow raga which “shove(s) a few downers down the song’s throat to counter the original version’s adrenaline-fueled fire” ), and a “dark and sweet” take of Sonny and Cher’s “The Beat Goes On”, described as “10 times more ominous and 20 times more pleasurable” than the original. The album also includes a modern rendition of the Johnny Cash anthem “Folsom Prison Blues”.


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  • xn0153x

    the golden hour changed my life

    24 Jun 9:46am Reply
  • Nadan_panchi

    Music looks like inspired from bollywood (Rajasthani folk music to be accurate). Anyways love the song .

    5 Mar 6:45am Reply
  • mitsigan

    I would abandon all my possessions and follow firewater to the ends of the earth If i had the chance [4]

    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • avantish

    I would abandon all my possessions and follow firewater to the ends of the earth If i had the chance [3]

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • trigger_hippie

    I would abandon all my possessions and follow firewater to the ends of the earth If i had the chance [2]

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MrHolys

    I would abandon all my possessions and follow firewater to the ends of the earth If i had the chance.

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • PMSingGremlin

    Weird how international orange is, like, the one album of theirs that isn't completely different from the one that preceded it. excellent stuff though; still one of the best bands

    5 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Mef4a

    they are so awesome! omg!

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • pinkeyeonmyleg

    New album is good stuff

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Khefu

    I only discovered this band today and have already totally fallen in love with them.

    13 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Autistic_Cucoo

    Fuck yes new album is awesome.

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Epicantus

    You rock!!!! New album is fantastic! It's much much much better than I've expected! Love it!!!! Please come to Amsterdam ! :)

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • WoodenShip91

    here the album preview: (it's wonderful! it's much better than the golden hour! )

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • cgjames91

    A buddy gave me Psychopharmacology and I thought it was pure brilliance. Are the other albums worth getting into if I dig the sound from this album?

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
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    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Autistic_Cucoo

    Seems like IO has been pushed back: release date Sep 11th

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • trigger_hippie

    love them to death!!

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • MindlessMachina


    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • M_RK_T

    "International Orange" is done. European tour spring-summer 2012. US in the fall.

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
  • MindlessMachina

    M_RK_T, you're my hero for notifying me that there's a new Firewater album coming out; I've been checking up on this page precisely for news about it. Anyone have any further details?

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
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