The Places We Lived
by Backyard Tire Fire
The Places We Lived is the most consistent release by the band so far. Based in Bloomington Illinois, Backyard Tire Fire fuses their rootsy rock and blues sound with some classical instruments (Violin, Viola, and Cello), horns, piano and some techno equipment. Add the fabulous lyrics written by Ed Anderson and you have an instant classic. Don’t think the classical instruments means this is an artsy or even a pretty record. The band has a great sound that identifies them almost instantly and that sound is here. This release is fun and exciting.
The band has been on the road lots over the last couple years and it shows. They’re as tight as the new pair of shoes your mom made you wear on your first day of Kindergarten. The rhythm section of Tim Kramp (drums) and Matt Anderson (bass) is wonderful throughout the recording.
The title track The Places We Lived kicks off the record and is one of my favorites, it’s a bouncy little number about growing up in the Midwest. Time With You is a bit of a love song on which I think Anderson should share writing credits with his wife. Welcome To The Factory is a working mans anthem, which describes the feelings of everyday workers. How In The Hell Did You Get Back Here? Is a great rocker which is followed by the mellowest song on the record. Rainy Day Don’t Go Away is a somber tune about how sometimes a rainy day is just what you need to help you kick back on a lazy day.
There is not a shaky tune on the record. The Places We Lived is Ed Anderson’s Damn The Torpedoes. It should open up the world for Backyard Tire Fire. The Places We Lived is also available on vinyl, so there is no reason for anybody not to get this one.