(Chicago) Fire Hot Opera, who draw heavily on doo-wop, Brill Building pop and Broadway soul, have released their debut LP, Test Market Fresh. The album, which is available on limited edition vinyl, is meant to be listened to as a continuous piece of music (no song breaks). although there are two listening options at Bandcamp: no song breaks. Musician and composer Kevan Eftekhari (formerly the band leader and principal songwriter in the new wave trio Robot Lounge) launched Fire Hot Opera in 2014 and, after playing a handful of shows, solidified the current line-up in 2015.
This group of musicians includes Danya Thompson on drums, Richard Knapp on bass and Eric Klotz on guitar, with horn arrangements by Corbin Andrick. Bethany Thomas and Stephanie Fravel join Eftekhari, who also plays piano, on vocals.
The band’s debut LP, Test Market Fresh, was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago in spring/summer of 2015 and was mixed, mastered and co-produced by Chris Harden. Canadian artist Genevieve Farley-Tremblay designed the album’s retro-60’s cover art.
Fire Hot Opera, who are already back in the studio working on new music, celebrated the release of Test Market Fresh with a show at Beat Kitchen in Chicago on Friday, April 1, 2016.
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