Laini and the Wildfire – Higher:
Laini and the Wildfire is a piano fronted pop-rock band with a bluesy feel from New Haven, CT. Their five song self-titled debut EP was released in May 2016, and all the songs on the album share a modern-vintage atmosphere, with catchy pop choruses, and blues-driven melodies. Marked with smart lyrics, the album explores Laini’s own reflections about her desire to take risks and pursue music, rather than go through the black and white motions of a safer, more traditional lifestyle. The band can easily be categorized alongside other retro pop-rock groups such as Lake Street Dive and Grace Potter, though Laini also has been heavily influenced by the depth and intensity of edgier artists, such as Fiona Apple. Since forming in 2015, the band has received positive responses from many music industry professionals, as they have been featured on multiple internet radio stations and podcasts. Music reviewers have also given high compliments to the band. Soundwaves Review wrote, “These songs could easily all be radio hits, yet they stand apart from the gelatinous goop of most mainstream music.” The band also was recently chosen to act as artist ambassadors for the non-profit organization Changing Keys, which is an agency that donates used pianos to at-risk youth. Currently, the band has shows booked along the east coast through the summer of 2016, and is working on plenty of new material set to be recorded and released in Spring 2017.