Fireflight has continued to surprise and delight both fans and industry critics alike for its ability to combine aggressive guitar riffs with a melodic vocal, setting it apart and creating an authentic, distinct sound. With lead singer Dawn Michele at the helm, a fourth studio project currently boasts the band’s highest sales debut to date. Fireflight is here to stay.
While 2010’s For Those Who Wait embodied the ever-present “why is there suffering?” question, Now is a call to action. “Now is a call to move beyond your circumstances,” explains guitarist Glenn Drennen. “...to not accept the way things are because life is difficult or you have been hurt in the past.”
With such positive nuggets of wisdom to share, Fireflight’s message appeals to a wide fan base. And fans are rewarded by a group that not only travels relentlessly, averaging 140 shows per year, but also makes it a point to communicate directly with the people they perform in front of, even incorporating their personal stories into the creative process.
“In addition to writing about our own experiences,” says Dawn, “we develop songs based on our conversations with fans. You begin to collect all these stories, and suddenly they are bursting out of you. You’re asking God to help you figure out how to express their feelings, to offer them peace in their suffering.”
Precisely the reason for the thematic direction of Now.
“At that time [after For Those Who Wait], we had been through a lot of hurt and disappointment. Although we knew that God was shaping our character through life’s unexpected twists and turns, we didn’t know how or where to go from there.”
But as the band members awaited the answer, the creative process had already begun. The results are another solid album full of fist-pumping anthems and electric effects.