Fire Antlers just released his debut EP, Crawl. Fire Antlers is a solo project of Travis Kinnear who plays guitar and sings and is accompanied by his sidekick the 975 Rhythm Ace FR 8L on drums.
Kinnear writes that “Fire Antlers was created under the belief that people want to kick their feet up and listen to simple pop tunes about sensible things… like colonizing Mars, or inappropriate dance moves.” Don’t think I could have said it better myself. Crawl is lo-fi garage pop album and perfect for fans of Mac Demarco and stripped-down weird jams. The EP was produced by Cam Steacy (Organ Eyes/Heavy Traffic), and he also plays on a few tracks. Anyone who know’s Steacy knows he is no stranger to this sound. Sticking with the theme of local collaboration, the album art was done by Jonny Yuma.
The standout track for me is the fifth track, “Joy de Vivre.” The song brings me back to a time where songs sounded a little different. Feels like a sad song by a rock n roll crooner. With closing lyrics like this you will understand why; “Well I guess that’s all for the sympathetic side of me, I feel bad, but that’s what you get for trying to mess with my joie de vivre. If mutual anger made us whole, then I’d rather be an empty soul.” I also just love the title “Joy de Vivre” being a sad song, that is why you never judge a book by its cover.
Give Crawl a listen below and if you dig it you can check out Fire Antlers Saturday at Pressed for the EP release party with Artichoke Hearts and Tropical Country.