By Mike Romero
Hot off a performance at Timpanogos Music Festival, post-hardcore band Former Tides is releasing a new single and music video this Friday, September 16th. The song should be at once familiar and new to fans, as “Fire” was featured on the band’s 2015 EP, What We Are. The single has been re-worked into a softer, acoustic heavy arrangement that puts the song’s lyrical content in a new light.
“We hope [fans] feel the same celebratory vibe the original version has but with a new appreciation of the versatility of the song and band,” says Former Tides guitarist Luis Cardenas. “Most of us have never done something like this before. In a way, this was something for us, though we know we’re fulfilling some listeners’ wishes. Hopefully they all feel the need for a little more Former Tides in their lives.”
This is the second stripped down song the band has released. Last June, lead singer Devin Barrus posted a solo version of their song “Call Of The Voiceless” to his profile, which the band then shared with their fanbase. Former Tides chose to release a new version of “Fire” because it is a fan favorite. “It also translated to acoustic really well,” says Cardenas. “When we first started the process, ‘Fire’ came together very quickly. It just seemed natural to go with it.”
A Reach Provo exclusive, you can hear the single and watch its accompanying music video below a full three days before its release. “Fire (Acoustic)” will be available on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube this Friday, September 16th. Make sure to like Former Tides on Facebook and follow them on Instagram (@formertides) for updates.