A new member of the family

13233315_10153783205258402_55820094_nWe are delighted to announce that the Slovakian-born, Warsaw-dwelling duo, Päfgens are joining the too many fireworks family. The band, made up of Jana and Filip, write and record beautiful, quiet, shoegazy guitars with whispery vocals and melodic bass tied together by subtle field recordings. The band have self-released three records – an album and 2 e.p.s – and will release their already-recorded 3rd on too many fireworks later this year. Since moving to Warsaw they have shared the stage with various projects from Zero Absolu, Moriah Woods, Rosa Vertov, Atariame and The Holydrug Couple. You can hear more from the band here.

Welcome to too many fireworks, guys!

Mateusz Franczak – long story short

newspageimageToo Many Fireworks is delighted to finally release the wonderful “long story short” by Polish musician, Mateusz Franczak. The album is a collection of partially improvised songs interspersed with instrumental tracks. The changing of the seasons and the fact that recordings were made in a home setting, give the songs a very intimate, personal, and raw character. One of the goals of the album was to attempt to observe the creative process itself, to experiment and search for the appropriate means of expression and to let mistakes happen when they may.

The album was mixed by The Norman Conquest, a producer and recording engineer specialising in esoteric music at the intersections of experimental, rock, metal, avant-garde & drone, and known for his work with Barn Owl, Grouper, Gregg Kowalsky, Ellen Fullman or Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten). Mastering was done by Marcin Bocinski, known for his work with Eugeniusz Rudnik, Jacaszek, and the Alameda 5.

The album is now available on digital download and on CD.

The Next Chapter

12717096_1538898776407886_1733846925_nIn mid-2015, I looked back at my old, at the time – barely functioning, record label and thought it was a shame to leave it lounging in hiatus when there were so many cool ideas kicking around my head. In the space of only a few months; I gathered a team of like-minded souls, fleshed out some of the ideas, found some excellent bands, and the hard work began.

Since the beginning of the year, we’ve already introduced, promoted, and hosted successful, popular, and acclaimed first editions of the film/music hybrid event, “Scores”, and the indie music industry panel and discussion forum event, “IndieTalks” – and we’ve some other events up our metaphorical sleeves. We’ve finally released the label’s retrospective album, “A Short History of Nearly Everything”, and we’ve preparing a further 2 releases coming in the first half of the year. And we’ve begun two further new chapters in the life of the label with our podcast/radio show “If You’re Feeling Sinister”, and with too many fireworks management – wherein we are now managing both The Frozen North, and Shivers & Shakes.

And if that wasn’t enough, the label has partnered with our friends, Dźwiękownia, to present lectures, workshops, and classes on various aspects of the independent music industry. Lots of fun.

So things are picking up speed and we’re delighted to finally launch this new website of ours. And I should say, our new website was designed by Karolina Sawa and coded by Daria Puchnarewicz, so all at too many fireworks want to say thank you so much to them for their hard work.

And with that… on with the show.

Neil x