Who? Ann Yu (vocals/guitar) and David Farwell (drums/keys) were each on the cusp of moving to Los Angeles to pursue music careers in early 2006 when they both discovered a serendipitous Craigslist ad placed by Ted Parker (guitar/piano). Next, the trio met Robert Kissinger (bass), and LoveLikeFire was born. Their debut EP Bed of Gold arrived by the year’s end; the band’s self-released follow up, An Ocean in the Air, arrived this August.
What’s the Deal? LoveLikeFire’s heady An Ocean in the Air presents beautifully orchestrated rock in a style similar to that of Arcade Fire, particularly on the EP’s lead track “Unlighted Shadow.” Yu’s girlish vocals soar over Farwell’s propulsive pounding and Parker’s thick riffs with an intriguing sweetness like that of Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino on “Skin and Bones.” Shimmering rocker “SOS” is an impressionable take on the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s garage rock-induced softness, while “Broken Shapes” embraces an emotionally tinged, Radiohead-tinted likeness, reaching soulful heights thanks to haunting background string arrangements.
Fun Fact: Ann Yu used to live with the Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci before moving to San Francisco. The Las Vegas-born foursome also used Vannucci and Yu’s garage as a practice space.ï¿½
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