ARTIST: Fire Party
TITLE: Fire Party
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None – this is pretty much a deep historical artifcat
LINEUP: Amy Pickering, Natalie Avery, Kate Samworth, Nicky Thomas.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A groundbreaking band, of sorts. An all-female mixed-race DC punk band.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Amy Pickering was a ringleader in the DC punk scene – the first female employee at Dischord Records, and one of the activists who organized the Revolution Summer movement. After that summer, she formed Fire Party with other female punk rockers, and through their history released these tracks through Dischord or a Peel session.
Pickering’s emotional vocals are the center of the band, but at times I wish they fit in a little better with the music behind her – her melody is off and at times more sing-talky. Yet, the lyrics and her politics are worn out front, which was invigorating for the scene as it was one of the first strong female voices.
For those who are scholars of punk rock, the DC and Dischord scene, or women in rock, Fire Party should be a necessary listen and study.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Drummer Nicky Thomas moved from DC to Seattle and founded Mavis Piggott.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but this collection adds a compilation single and Peel session tracks aside from their EP and album.
GRADE: B: It’s decent DC mid-to-late 80’s punk and a historical first.