on 17 February 2010
This 1996 Dischord Records release is the complete discography of Fire Party's musical output, they were made up of four females with Natalie Avery (Guitar & Vocals), Amy Pickering (Vocals), Kate Samworth (Bass & Vocals) and Nicky Thomas (Drums), they were formed around 1986 in Washington DC after the hardcore punk period started to evolve into Emo by groups like Embrace (not the late 90's UK band) and Rites Of Spring.
During their short period Fire Party only released two EP's, a self titled and New Orleans Opera including a song on the various artists compilation State Of The Union and four songs recorded for the John Peel Seesions in 1989 which makes up the last four tracks which are all on this CD. On the Peel Sessions they only re-recorded one previous song of theirs "Basis" which is far better then the original version and three new tracks.
Not every song is great only thirteen out of the nineteen songs are good hence my four stars rating but to prove how influential this band was in regards to the female singer songwriter riot girl period which emerged in the early 90's listen to Liz Phair's song "Jealousy" (from her 1994 Whip Smart album) it was more or less based on Fire Party's "New Orleans Opera" lyrically and musically, if you like Post Hardcore Punk or early Emo then I would highly recommend this CD.