Chriss Sutherland (Fire On Fire / Review
Ben Ratliff / NY Times
If youâ€™re in the Portland, Me., area and you want ragged folk-rock, you come see this guy.
March 4 2009
Chriss Sutherland (Fire On Fire) - Worried Love
By Ben Ratliff
If you’re in the Portland, Me., area and you want ragged folk-rock, you come see this guy. Chriss Sutherland, now in his early 30s, helped start the band Fire on Fire, and some of his band mates help out on “Worried Love” (Peapod), his second solo album. His raspy holler brings emotion and a little wildness, but there’s something else; you might not get what it is until the middle of the record, when he sings his version of the flamenco singer Camaron de la Isla’s hit “Volando Voy,” in Spanish, complete with ragged palmas (hand claps). It’s Andalusian grit translated into a modern American hippie mood, and it works.