SMOKE OR FIRE: Beauty Fades: LP

Jul 20, 2022

This collection of thirteen songs from the now-defunct Smoke Or Fire consists entirely of out-of-print or unreleased tracks. For those who haven’t heard the band before, think Hot Water Music meets Tim McIlrath (minus the screaming) on vocals and a Fat Wreck melodic punk sound. While I wasn’t a fan back when Smoke Or Fire was together, these songs are tight and catchy. I also appreciate a poppy punk band that writes political lyrics and doesn’t just sing about women and being a fuck up. If you were a fan of the band before, you’ll certainly want to pick this up. If you weren’t a fan, singer Joe McMahon says these are some of the best songs he’s written, so this is probably a good place to start. –Kurt Morris (

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