Fire On Fire / 5 Song EP | Reviewavatars of the Great Universal American Music Michael Gira's Young God label is home to several acts that plow their furrows in the rich fields of Americana, most notably his own Angels Of Light and Akron/Family. To This roll call can be added Fire On Fire. The act emerged out of art-punk prog act Cerberus Shoal. However, in time honored fashion, they holed up in a house in Maine with only acoustic instruments and reinvented themselves as avatars of the Great Universal American Music.
Mandolins twinkle on "My Lady Coffin" as the group chorus "The sun's gone out, the sky is falling / The moon is sinking, and the men are crawling" at a pace that suggests a twilight trudge back from a hard day's toil in the fields. On "Hangman", the banjos and dobros duel as a man and a woman duet that "even the hangman has friends". The subjects may be bitter, but the songs are joyous and warm. The EP sets high expectations for this spring's album.