After cutting their teeth in a series of post-punk bands at coffee venues in their hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, Firework Show's founding members Brandon Gallagher and Zach Bodtorf realized together the need to facilitate the marriage of avant-garde and accessibility in their music. Having played together for over ten years, the pair formed Firework Show in 2005 in Charleston, South Carlolina where they attended college. In 2007, the lineup was completed with the additions of bassist Casey Atwater and keyboardist Braxton Brown, fellow college students hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan and Conway, South Carolina respectively.
Though their music is heavily laden with an imprint of dreams, art, and nature, Firework Show has been most influenced by the sheer power of rock and roll, and, as they have evolved towards sophistication, the methodology and improvisation inherent in jazz. Recently, an infusion of Charleston's prominent jam band scene has also become evident, resulting in an enthusiasm for their magnetic live shows. Having been captivated by so many different aspects of both life and music, it has become Firework Show's mission to produce the same captivation in others through their art.
Firework Show is known especially for their kaleidoscopic and athletic live performances. Having opened for acts including Band of Skulls, Jason Isbell, and Dead Confederate, the band has been exposed to a large swath of their hometown's concert-going crowd, attracting a solid, loyal fan base. At a live performance, a listener is exposed to artistic soundscapes fusing seamlessly with virtuosity.
Foreshadowed by several home ventures and studio projects, Firework Show’s newest EP, Glee Noise, is the first recording the band has paid for and had professionally produced. The work's title is a reference to music that, though rooted in blissful surrender, often chooses to instead present itself as minor and tumultuous. To its composers, it symbolizes a return to the original ideas of paradox on which they were founded, organized yet chaotic, rehearsed yet improvised, toeing the line between controlled musicianship and raw emotion.
The songs on this album and indeed all songs in the group's repertoire are written to amplify the first spark of an idea, be it melody, rhythm, or chord progression. Songwriting for Firework Show is often a lesson in getting out of the way of the music, a realization that the music is bigger than each member, even bigger than the band. Following a weaving path of surrealism, the music is often written for the sake of absurdity. Each song is constantly worked and reworked over time, with most remaining a part of the band’s working set list. Songs evolve not only to suit the needs of performance, however; they evolve to keep the band and the audience excited.
As time rolls on, Firework Show plans to broaden their sound even further, experimenting with the potential of their music as well as that of others. They continue to hone their musicianship and push the boundaries of composition in an ongoing attempt to enthrall with their eccentricity and skill.