A song drenched in supersize riffs and Sunny D, the latest track from Spirit of the Wildfire is like letting your ears chew on a pack of Gushers: Tart, bright and addictive.
The four best buds from Bedford met in the ninth grade and retain that friends-first feel—despite being an incredibly tight, oiled machine onstage and in your earbuds. When asked to describe the band's sound, guitarist Jayson LeMoine says "We just kept getting told we're like punk but kinda funky. We kept getting compared to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime."
The dudes' songwriting progress is simple: "We just write tunes and after go 'what was that?'" LeMoine says, the phone line crackling with his laughter. "A lot of the time Jeremy [Caillié the punk band's other guitarist] will come up with a riff and then it takes on a life of its own."
For "Funnel Vision", LeMoine says "the lyrics were all written on the road and it's one of our least meaningful songs. We were drinking too much and this guy in Ottawa was trying to fight with our bass player and we kept telling him 'hey man, just shred it'," he laughs, explaining the song's chorus.
With a video comprised of live tour footage shared on Snapchat, he adds the single's biggest influence hails from those grade nine days: "Sum 41 used to put out videos screwin' around like this when we were kids."
Prepare for the ear worm: