INFLUENTIAL NYC ROCKERS JONATHAN FIRE*EATER TO REISSUE EXPANDED EDITION OF SEMINAL TREMBLE UNDER BOOM LIGHTS EP
INCLUDES PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACK "IN THE HEAD"
THE PLURAL ATMOSPHERE, A POSTHUMOUS CHAPBOOK OF FRONTMAN
STEWART LUPTON'S POETRY TO COINCIDE WITH EP REISSUE
VIA THIRD MAN BOOKS
PRE-ORDER THE BLACK VINYL & CHAPBOOK BUNDLE
"['Give Me Daughters'] is basically everything great about Jonathan Fire*Eater compressed into
four minutes: fantastically obtrusive organ, reverb fueled guitar (which Walkmen fans will recognize),
and the weird tales of singer Stewart Lupton..." - AV Club
"Bands that show indescribable promise, deliver on it for a brief moment, then spectacularly implode
are a dime a dozen in rock & roll, but few of their stories are as dramatic, intriguing and,
ultimately, as tragic as Jonathan Fire*Eater's." - The Quietus
Highly influential New York City quintet Jonathan Fire*Eater will reissue an expanded edition of their high-water mark EP Tremble Under Boom Lights on October 18 via Third Man Records. Hear opening cut "The Search For Cherry Red" HERE. Jonathan Fire*Eater is credited in large part with kick-starting the New York City rock & roll revival that birthed The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem and many more, and several of its members eventually went on to form The Walkmen.
Originally a tight five-track EP, the Third Man Records reissue of Tremble Under Boom Lights has been expanded to include five additional tracks, including previously-unreleased bonus track "In The Head." In addition to a new color scheme on the cover artwork, this reissue will be available in two limited colored vinyl variants. A Winston Plum colored vinyl LP is exclusive to indie stores (limited to 500 copies), and a yellow vinyl LP is exclusive to Rough Trade (limited to 300 copies).
In close collaboration with Lupton’s estate, friends, and former bandmates, Third Man Books is proud to realize Jonathan Fire*Eater vocalist Stewart Lupton's longtime wish to publish a collection of his poems. The Plural Atmosphere is a 45 page limited edition, Risograph printed chapbook of selected poems by Stewart Lupton. The collection, Lupton's first, will be released alongside the Jonathan Fire*Eater EP reissue on October 18. Both the black vinyl and chapbook will be available to purchase as a bundle -- pre-order HERE.
Lupton's love for language was always evident in his songs and also the poems he increasingly wrote and turned toward during his life. The Plural Atmosphere is Lupton's first published collection, one that will undoubtedly define his legacy as a poet with that already as a songwriter and musician.
In a world chock full of flame-outs, coulda-been contenders and great white hopes, the band Jonathan Fire*Eater are among the “almost-est.” Widely praised as the mid-Nineties next-big-thing, they are largely credited with being the earliest purveyors of the “New York City Rock and Roll Revival” circa 2001. Which would be great, if only the band hadn’t imploded by 1998.
The quintet employed a fresh, one-of-a-kind blend of sly rock and roll reference and reverence. Their press release at the time name-dropped all the correct and relevant influences... the Stooges, the Modern Lovers, Tom Waits, the Scientists, ? and the Mysterians, the Cramps, Nation of Ulysses, the Stones, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds...all markers conveying the point that Fire-Eater’s dark, brooding overtones are complemented by springy Farfisa tones and impressionistic, evocative lyrics.
The band was inarguably in top form with the 1996 EP release of Tremble Under Boom Lights. Mean and
lean at only five tracks, those songs click together perfectly, enough so to kick-start a major label bidding frenzy which found the band signing a lucrative, seven-figure contract. Showcasing lead singer Stewart Lupton’s redolent exercises in picturesque poetry, coupled with Matt Barrick’s inimitable percussive attack, Paul Maroon’s wide, unadorned guitar blistering throughout while Walter Martin’s choice, deliberate organ accompaniment and Tom Frank’s propulsive, bottom-heavy bass all join together for a full, beautiful, glorious masterpiece.
Lead-off track “The Search For Cherry Red” would not only provide the EP with a title via its lyrics, but would also see a second life as covered by esteemed rock-and-rollers The Kills. “Give Me Daughters” is enviable for the perspective it foresees, when taking into consideration its narrator was barely 21 years old at the time. Songs flit about cockfights, open caskets, ballroom gowns, switchblades, motorcycle accidents and jewel thieves all to propel the record into a world of juvenile delinquent attitude and vivid cinematic color.
For the Japanese release of Tremble Under Boom Lights, the five-song running order was accentuated with four bonus tracks...three songs from the band’s 1995 debut single and a spritely cover of the Lee Hazlewood gem “The City Never Sleeps.”
With the 2019 reissue, Third Man Records is proud to make these seminal songs available digitally and on vinyl for the first time in over two decades. All parties involved are beyond overjoyed to augment the running order of the Japanese version of Tremble Under Boom Lights to include the bonus track “In the Head.” Touted by the band members as the last song they ever recorded, it is wincingly brilliant, the most artful, dudes-in-their-early-twenties version of a swan song that one may ever hear.
After the break-up, Barrick, Maroon and Martin would go on to form the backbone of the Walkmen and enjoy a solid run with their seven full-length releases. All three are still active in the music business today. Frank went on to a career in journalism, writing for Vanity Fair and acting as contributing editor for Washington Monthly. Despite struggling with addiction for years, Stewart Lupton notched solid efforts with his bands the Child Ballads and the Beatings. Lupton passed away suddenly on May 27th, 2018 at the age of 43.
Praise for Stewart Lupton:
"Stewart [Lupton] had genius, but what first made the world notice him was his daring.
The sorrow tied to that quality has been mentioned in obituaries, for he gave most things a try,
narcotics among them. But the joy of it was what he said, sang, explored,
and wrote, when others wouldn’t." — T.A Frank, Vanity Fair
"The very first photo in Lizzy Goodman’s recent oral history, Meet Me In The Bathroom, is of Stewart Lupton smoking a cigarette, framed by enormous angel wings. It’s a fitting image to begin
Goodman’s story of New York’s rock rebirth in the early 2000s—a story that really began
several years earlier, when the Lupton-fronted Jonathan Fire*Eater first emerged…" — AV Club
"Lupton offered tea, flipped the Dead Moon record spinning on the turntable,
then gave me a lovely tour through his mess, telling me about the times he’d met Patti Smith
and John Ashbery, and how the poetry of Italian philosopher
Giacomo Leopardi reminded him of Elliott Smith …
[Lupton] had read all of those poetry books strewn across the living room floor.
Listen to the lyrics of “Cheekbone Hollows,” a song that creates a scene worthy of Leonard Cohen,
but with a Rolling Stones riff shaking its tail in the background." — Chris Richards, Washington Post