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The Fire Department

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Performing in front of a crowd has never been an issue for The Fire Department. Dubbed as “party rockers” by The Santa Barbara Independent, the musicians first gained notoriety in the Isla Vista, CA party scene while the members attended the University of California, Santa Barbara. Following in the footsteps of other Isla Vista standouts, such as Rebelution and Jack Johnson, the artists grew to be the talk of the town by hosting wild house party concerts that were routinely attended by thousands of fans. “We started performing on the ground, playing danceable music that made folks groove” says lead singer and guitarist Zeal Levin. “There was an immediate response from the community, and our shows started growing fast. Soon, there were too many fans coming out for us to play on the dirt, so we spent weeks building a custom stage complete with full speaker and light systems. By the time we graduated, our events were so packed that folks had to start climbing the roofs of the neighboring houses just to see us play.” saxophonist Joe Farey, “it becomes humbling to see fans in the crowd who have been there since it all started. You realize how your dreams are linked to the fans that support you, and that makes you respect everyone that has helped you out along the way. I am incredibly thankful that I get to brighten people’s lives with music, because without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I love to do.” The future is bright for The Fire Department, and expectations are high. The “party rockers” have grown into a new sonic complexity, and they are ready to take the world by storm.


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