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Washington DC, United States (1994 – 1997)

Jonathan Fire*Eater (formed in 1994) were a quintet from Washington DC, United States (comprised of keyboardist Walter Martin, vocalist Stewart Lupton, guitarist Paul Maroon, drummer Matt Barrick, and bassist Tom Frank. They relocated to New York in 1995 and soon emerged out of the same rhythm’n’blues scene (Rolling Stones + Stooges + Birthday Party) inhabited by Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Chrome Cranks.

The album Jonathan Fire Eater (Third World Underground, 1995) and especially the EP Jonathan Fire Eater (PCP, 1995), with The Cakewalk Of Crime and The Public Hanging Of A Movie Star, established their reputation. The five-song mini-album Tremble Under Boomlights (Medicine, 1996) added at least The Search For Cherry Red and Give Me Daughters to their canon. Unfortunately, the album Wolf Songs for Lambs (Dreamworks, 1997) would be their last. Emphatic vocalist Lupton broke with the rest of the band and after years of silence only recently formed another band, The Childballads.

Jonathan Fire Eater eventually dissolved in 1997 but three members (Keyboardist Walter Martin, drummer Matt Barrick, guitarist Paul Maroon) joined forces with singer Hamilton Leithauser to form The Walkmen.


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  • SimonePerrota

    Intriguing sound

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • IanOhs

    I have recently started noticing a brand of coffee called Cherry Red advertised at station coffee bars. So yeah, you know: geek out : D

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ShowPonies

    Great band. Matt Barrick has really stayed true to this style. It's not so much that it's an unorthodox approach but as a drummer I'm constantly telling myself "wow, I would've never played this to that". There is something so humble about his style. His inconsistent tom blips filtered by his hasty beats and oh-so-common fills. Don't shoot me for this next comment... I think Paul was able to hone his true skills in The Walkmen. His style is aged like wine. The energy on Everyone who pretended.... The title track is flawless and the album as a whole is thoroughly solid.

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • barrettsnewpc

    d/l link to that live show: (rapidsharedotcom) /files/445494466/live_-_7-24-97__sudsy_malone_s__cincinnati__oh.rar

    31 Jan 2011 Reply
  • metz270

    Anybody know where I can download these guys' albums?

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • akzincke

    I saw these guys live on my own because I couldn't convince anyone else to come with me. Wow, I had really dumb friends back then.

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
  • barrettsnewpc

    I've stuck a live show up on youtube if anyone is interested

    4 Nov 2010 Reply
  • CashRulez

    Mick Jagger!

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • freeleeby

    I have a copy of the self titled debut if anyone would like it

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • battleaxed

    FIY: just because an artist/group has very little listeners, it doesn't mean that they're underrated. just look at the shoutbox comments. few listeners only means that there are a lot of morons out there who don't know how much of a badass Stewart Lupton is.

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • sherwinbrian

    Jonathan Fire*Eater. FUCK YES.

    9 Nov 2009 Reply
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  • barrettsnewpc

    just before they die, they're fuckin' in cars!

    1 May 2009 Reply
  • richgladman

    Saw them twice in London in '97 - halcyon days! When the Curtain Calls for You - one of the best set openers I've ever seen/heard.

    25 Jan 2009 Reply
  • kentuckychrome

    love this band so much more than the walkmen.

    5 Nov 2008 Reply
  • fiftycalkiss

    When Lupton roars "Im the suntan tiger tamer" the hair on my neck stands up and my skin tries to slink away.

    26 Jul 2008 Reply
  • tsnydermtg

    hmm, I got a hold of this while back... had it labeled as the walkmen, glad I got that cleared up. They had a cool sound, but walkmen carry the torch pretty well.

    2 Jun 2008 Reply
  • barrettsnewpc

    one of the most underrated bands of all time.....'inpatient talent show' will be played at my funeral.

    11 Apr 2008 Reply
  • TheMcEneaney

    how has Wolf Songs for Lambs not gotten a deluxe, overpriced CD reissue like the masterpiece it is.

    14 Feb 2008 Reply
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