God Street Wine Unveils Studio Recording Of ‘Firelight Flickers’ Ahead Of Summer Run

By Scott Bernstein Aug 2, 2017 1:31 pm PDT

Veteran jam act God Street Wine are gearing up for a rare run of shows that includes headlining concerts in Boston and New York City on August 10 and 12 respectively as well as an appearance at the Peach Music Festival in Scranton on August 11. The band quietly shared a studio recording of a new original called “Firelight Flickers.”

Guitarist Lo Faber wrote “Firelight Flickers” and shared some thoughts about the song and studio recording with JamBase. “‘Firelight Flickers’ was written about 2012 or 2013 after seeing the great Werner Herzog documentary Cave Of Forgotten Dreams about the Chauvet cave paintings in southern France. I was so struck by the beauty and mystery of these images and so deeply intrigued by the mental universe their creators must have lived in. They predated the first settled societies by about 30,000 years, an almost unimaginable span of time, yet the spirit behind them is recognizably human,” Faber said.

“We live in a technological society today that valorizes individualism, and human beings today are apt to think in terms of individual uniqueness, but ‘Firelight Flickers” is about how underneath this conceit, we are all tiny atoms in a vast collective. We are really all the same and in some ways very little changed from the era in which our ancestors fought for survival in dark caverns,” Lo continued.

Lo also gave some background on the recording, which can be streamed below. “Musically, the tune has evolved quite a bit. I played it as a solo acoustic number a lot from 2014 to 2016, but when the band got involved, it started to move towards a kind of prog-rock vibe. The octave electric guitar line which opens the tune kind of took over from the acoustic guitar as it became a GSW track. The studio recording evolved throughout 2016 and early 2017 and was really driven by a great drum track done by Tom Osander very early on. We were also inspired by a terrific string section created by Dave Eggar which to me suggests the use of the Mellotron faux strings on some classic Zeppelin tracks,” Faber finished.

Listen to “Firelight Flickers”:

Tickets for GSW’s Boston concert are available here, while tickets for the New York City show can be purchased here. Head to the Peach Music Festival’s website for tickets to next weekend’s event.

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