Smart bets: Fireships

Brooklyn-based alt-folk collective Fireships took its band name “from the Hudson River sloops that repelled the British warships before the Battle of Brooklyn — using fire and water to fight darkness with light,” according to the group’s bio. That introductory sentence is, in and of itself, plenty poetic — and a good indication of the kind of thoughtful, storied and intense songs the musicians produce. But Fireships’ self-released debut, out last year, is also relaxed and fun, with nods to African influences and a sense of whimsy.  The sound is crisp and big, songs have boomy and immediate titles like “Countdown Time” and “Gush.” The band plays a free show at Ben’s Tune-Up Sunday, Jan. 10, at 4:30 p.m. Photo by Shervin Lainez

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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