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Hailing from Aberdeenshire, Scotland watchfires are a five-piece rock band formed in January 2013 . Following spells in other bands in the area, former Headlight members Ewan Donald (vocals) and Mitch Bain (guitar) originally started writing songs intended for acoustic project Sandoval. However, the need to flesh out the sound soon prevailed, and it was at this point former Headlight member Jamie Donald (drums) re-joined the duo and the project began to gather momentum. When it became apparent that the ideas that they were working on didn’t suit the acoustic setup, Mark Salter (bass) and Alexander Lorgen (guitar, vocals) entered the fray, having been long-time jamming partners of Mitch. With a fresh writing approach and a new, heavier sensibility, the songs came thick and fast, and four of them make up A Captive Still, the band’s debut EP. Recorded at The Depot Studios, Edinburgh and produced by Craig Ross (Broken Records), the four tracks are a mix of aggression and atmosphere, fusing dark, reverb-drenched hard rock with a sense of urgency and a knack for soaring, infectious melodies. Whether it’s the straight-ahead punk rock of ‘King Midas’, the lurching, multi-sectional bombast of ‘…and she lived ever after.’ or the breakneck fury of ‘Dream, Parisienne’, the songs are united by a pronounced epic streak and a dose of lyrical introspection designed to win over both heads and hearts.

In November 2013, drummer Jamie left the band. He was replaced by former Driveblind drummer David McKay

The band headed back to the Depot Studios in Edinburgh to record their debut album Ribbons & Shards with Craig Ross of Broken Records. A collection of 12 new songs, it’s a mixture of the raw, punk-influenced energy of A Captive Still and a newly-discovered epic streak that lends the new material an added texture and maturity. Whether it’s straight-up rock (‘An Atlas and an Anger’), piano-led introspection (‘Gilmorehill’) or soaring, multi-sectional epics (‘Elisabeth’), Ribbons & Shards is marked with skyscraping crescendos, sparse atmospherics, and everything in between. The debut single, ‘The Northern Lights’ was released on 21st December 2014 and Ribbons and Shards was released on 4th April 2015.

In 2016 following the success of Ribbons and Shards, watchfires were signed by Struck Dum records. The band released 'Let the walls speak our names' their second single from their debut album. The single featured three tracks including 'All that Glitters' and a new track 'Ashes' sang by Alexander Lorgen . The band donated all proceeds from the single to help all those affected by flooding at the start of the year in Scotland.

In January drummer David McKay left the band and was replaced by Gregor Marr

In the Summer of 2017 the band released a new album “A Quiet Rebellion” and quickly released a video for “The Bright in your Bloodstream”

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For fans of: Gaslight Anthem, Idlewild, Manchester Orchestra, Young Guns

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