It's hard to put your finger on just what type of band Circus Fires is. Maybe it's the fact that while they now call Madison, Wisconsin home, they were born in three different states - Utah, New York, and Wisconsin. Maybe it's the fact that each member's influences range from hardcore punk and metal to 60's pop. The only label that's really followed Circus Fires around since it's inception in the Winter of 2011 is "intense."
Without knowing what to expect, the quartet quickly wrote a handful of songs, began playing shows in the Midwest, and were quickly sharing the stage with bands such as The Dangerous Summer, Into It. Over It., From Indian Lakes, and Real Friends.
After a Circus Fires set in Chicago, sound engineer Mark Michalik (Into It. Over It., The Swellers, Fireworks) reached out to the band in hopes of collaborating. The band promptly scratched a near complete seven song EP to start from scratch on the 12 song, 50 minute masterpiece that became All Living Things, which received a 90% rating from Absolutepunk.net:
"It's not easy to pinpoint standouts on records this consistent, which is why it's tough to mention exactly where you'll be hooked listening to All Living Things... Circus Fires succeed in releasing not only one of the strongest debuts I've ever heard, but what should be seen as one of the best albums to appear out of the blue this year."
On August 10, Circus Fires will be going back to the beginning to release All Living Things at the site of their first show, The High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin alongside hometown friends The American Dead and Woodson. You can preview three songs from the record by visiting www.CircusFires.com.