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Psych quintet Bonfire Nights share new single and announce debut album, ‘Entopica Phenomica’ out October 21st

London-based psych-rock quintet Bonfire Nights have released their soaring new single, ‘Easy Touch’, a precursor to their debut album out via Holy Beatnik Records. Out August 19th, the track is a fine representation of the upcoming record, with ethereal soundscapes that pour over powerful drums and infectious vocal melodies. Listen here.

At its most basic level, the track is about control and power – but it’s all wrapped up in a love song.” Says frontman and founder Steve Foster, “It’s the uncomfortable tension between those elements. In a relationship, there is a moment when you become aware of the power you have over that other person. You realise you could use it negatively (as people often do). But instead you choose to relinquish that control, to reject that control: “submission is love.

It was written at a time when our original bass player left London, so it was just myself (on guitar) and Ruth (on drums) in the jam room. I remember playing the guitar parts and trying to sing the bass line, so that Ruth could hear the groove and play that backbeat. It sounded like some sort of weird sexy Goth disco psych thing at time. Thankfully we’ve now got Leon on bass, James on guitar and Suzie doing the dual vocals and keys.

On October 21st, they release their thunderous debut album, ‘Entopica Phenomica’. Nine tracks of groove-laden stoner jams, shimmering guitars, and the boy-girl vocal harmonies and pop hooks that set the band apart from many of their contemporaries.

Formed in Australia by Steve Foster and Ruth Nitkiewicz, Bonfire Nights packed their bags in 2011 and trekked to Londonfor the promise of the big city lights. They hit the ground running, taking their brand of champagne shoegaze on the road for their first UK tour. The following year saw them journey to the United States for showcase events at SXSW and in New York City, with a couple of blistering college house-parties in between.

Back in the UK, they headed into the studio with Olly Betts of The Duke Spirit to lay down the groundworkfor the pulsating neo-psych juggernaut ‘Ego Death’, which was released as a split 7” with Tripwires on Bad Vibrations Records. Sessions from this time also include the brooding and haunted ‘Low’, mixed by Ian Davenport (Band of Skulls, Supergrass) and featured on a limited edition compilation cassette from Fluffer Records.

This was followed by a period of intense gigging, sharing the stage with other like-minded acts such as Pond, The KVB, Lola Colt, The Drones, DZ Deathrays, Holydrug Couple and The Underground Youth. Bonfire Nights then recruited fellow Australians James Boyd on guitar and Suzie Creevey on keys, and further consolidated their psychotropic sound with Leon Ferbrache on bass.

In 2015 Bonfire Nights were back in the studio with Betts to record their debut album, ‘Entopica Phenomica’. Featuring walls of guitar noise, chiming distortion and sweeping synthesizers, the album sees the band exploring cerebral underworlds and experimenting with their sound.


Live Dates

October 20th, 2016 – The Duke Spirit support @ Scala

October 22nd, 2016 – ‘Entopica Phenomica’ album launch @ The Waiting Room

November 18th, 2016L.A. WITCH support @ The Shacklewell Arms


Bonfire Nights

Vocals/guitar: Steve Foster

Bass: Leon Ferbrache

Guitar: James Boyd

Keys/vocals: Suzie Creevey

Drums/vocals: Ruth Nitkiewicz


Photography by Lilly Creightmore

Cover design by Steve Foster, photograph by Ruth Nitkiewicz

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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