Artist Spotlight: Forest Fire Gospel Choir Has New Music Cooking
“It feels like all of that has been cooking and is finally ready,” said frontman, Will Mcgee, regarding Forest Fire Gospel Choir’s new music slated to be released sometime this year. I met them at Yeast Nashville, where we chatted over drip coffee and kolaches that, coincidentally, were cooking and finally ready over the course of our interview.
The band formed in the summer of 2014 when the guys got together at Mcgee’s lake house to record music for another band, NorthEast Anonymous. “We were going down there to have our Led Zeppelin III moment. We had the drum-set set up under the staircase; every corner of the house was used for this recording project.” Interestingly, the lake house was set right across the yard from Will’s childhood home which burned down in 2005. “We really went down there to record this one band (NorthEast Anonymous), but we ended up also recording some songs that I had written, and that’s most of the songs on Forest Fire’s EP. It was kind of interesting bringing all these guys to this super personal place for me. We were just making music, the way we had always wanted to. Something out of that was where the name came from, because of the spiritual experience of the whole thing.”
I had brought in a small piece of the band’s past which had I had jammed to through many road-trips, an original iteration of their self-titled, Forest Fire Gospel Choir EP. The very first time I saw FFGC about two years ago, I chose the CD from a shoebox filled with hundreds of unique CD covers they had handmade. Some were covered in drawings and little doodles. Others had magazine clippings formed into funky collages. This particular cover was scarred with several small holes burned into it and the track-list hand-written on the back. “I remember we were working on this record, and we couldn’t get the artwork in time. So, we just made a bunch, and sat there for an entire day just drawing hundreds of CD sleeves” said Will M. I think the handmade CD perfectly embodies that authentic sound of the EP that really made it so great. “This was just a raw, instinctual EP that we put together, and we just wanted it to rock.” And rock it did.
The band recently released a new single, “Oh Eleanor” written this time by Will Lynde (Keys) and Nick Fields (Guitar). “To me, “Oh Eleanor” seems almost like an extension of this EP, like a bridge.” said Will Lynde. With their newer music, FFGC is beginning to branch out from their southern rock band roots and experiment with a slightly different sound. “It’s a little different, but it’s not that much of a departure from what was on there as far as the feel and energy and excitement of being a big, bad, rockin’ song. It feels like a good next step and opens the door for us to do whatever we want with the next songs we put out.” Nick Fields continues, “It’s just different enough to give us a platform to start trying some new things.”
As the band continues playing shows and festivals, they’ve also been continuously working on new music. “It feels like all of that has been cooking and is finally ready. We have all these new songs that we are finally ready to share,” said frontman, Will Mcgee. Fans of FFGC will be happy to know that the band will be putting out a music video for “Oh Eleanor” soon as well as more new music. Additionally, FFGC is finishing up several releases slated for 2019. “I don’t want to spoil the details quite yet, but there’s going to be a lot coming at you next year.” said Mcgee. “Get ready for 2019.” added Will Lynde.
If the great kolaches we had at Yeast Nashville are an omen for the new music coming from Forest Fire Gospel Choir, then we are truly in for a treat. To keep up with all things Forest Fire Gospel Choir, give them a follow on Facebook and Instagram. Also, check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music, or whatever your preferred music platform.