Which came first: the song or the moniker? We may never know, but “High Desert Fires” is a majestic, anthemic single which splendidly captures the sweeping, vintage “California sound” that High Desert Fires evokes oh-so-well. Led by Chris Traynor (formerly of Helmet, Orange 9mm, Rival Schools and Bush), the Topanga Canyon-based music collective (or “chosen family”) all lived in the same house and communed daily until they produced their debut EP Light Is The Revelation (dropping August 21st via Grandfathers Tales). And of course in order to keep that authentic throwback vibe, the songs were recorded in mono and mixed to analog tape.
“Waking up the great white light inside of me.”