Firebird is the band led by Bill Steer from Napalm Death and Carcass. The sound of Firebird is about a million miles away from the other groups that Steer has been a member of. You won’t find death metal on “Deluxe”. Firebird’s sound has a 70’s rock vibe with a stoner rock element that leans heavily towards acts like Jimi Hendrix, Cream and Black Sabbath.
What amazes me about “Deluxe” is the huge sound on this record. For only a three piece band, the music is pretty awesome. The production quality is a little off, but there is no doubt after listening to these tunes, that Bill Steer is a huge, largely unknown talent. His guitar wizardry on this album needs to be heard to be appreciated.
It helps that I love a lot of stoner rock bands, but I believe Firebird is a lot more that your run of the mill, sludge rock act. There is a cool blues vibe, with huge bass lines and big drums which truly give this band a cool sound. This is the type of CD that you need to blast out of a good stereo system, so you can truly hear the music. Ear buds and headphones just don’t do this one justice.
Deluxe is the band’s sophomore release from 2001, which was reissued in 2007. The band is working on their fifth CD, “Grand Union” for a 2009 release. Judging from the sounds on this disc, I will be anxiously awaiting Firebird’s new material
For more information on Firebird, and to hear songs from “Deluxe” check the Firebird myspace page. You can purchase your own copy of “Deluxe” at this link. For you big spenders, the Japanese Import of “Deluxe” has a bonus cover of the Rush song, “Working Man”. You can find that version at this link.
1. Dirt Trap
3. Hammer & Tongs
5. Miles from Nowhere
7. Lonely & Sober
8. Sinner Takes All
9. Sad Man’s Quarter
10. Slow Blues
Bill Steer – Vocals and Lead Guitar
Ludwig Witt – Drums
Leo Smee – Bass Guitar