From Brandon Kirkley and the Firecrackers
Growing up in the small railroad town of Hamlet, North Carolina, Brandon Kirkley is rooted in small-town. But just as Brandon Kirkley and the Firecracker’s (BKTF) sound is too large to be contained in the Carolina’s forever, Brandon Kirkley’s aspirations were too grand for his small hometown. So, like the railroad that runs through his town, he followed suit and headed for Charlotte to attend college. Kirkley’s arrival in Charlotte gave him the opportunity to truly blossom into the musician he is today and the journey’s just begun. With the combined powers of Chris Hensley (bass), John Hightshoe (guitar) and Vincent Baynard (drums), Brandon Kirkley put together the Firecrackers. Thriving on a strong DIY work ethic and consistent grassroots ground work the boys have garnered quite the regional following since parterning up in 2010. They’re passionate about what they do, and so are their fans. “They are a “win friends and influence people” posse who thrive on a generally unabashed pop-rock panache and an onstage show off-stance.”(Debbie Jennings, The Herald. April 2012). Citing well known acts such as Tom Petty, Matchbox Twenty and Fleetwood Mac as influences, BKTF is a tasteful mix of alternative rock and hooky pop with a good dose of feel-good country that makes it endearing, relatable and a go-to for road trips and dance parties alike. The band is currently promoting their 2012 release entitled Years. Produced, mixed and mastered in Atlanta, GA by Swaff, the album showcases the talent and southern charm of this NC “rock’n’pop’n’roll” band. “Known for straight ahead high energy rockin’ that’s a little bit Bon Jovi and a little bit The Boss with a dash of Goo Goo Dolls thrown in for good measure…the BKTF sound is wound around melodies, lyrics, hooks, riffs and rhythm created to maximize a moment,” says Debbie Jennings in her review of Years in the SC newspaper, The Herald (April 20, 2012). Years continues to be praised as a fantastic listen by those who made it happen - the band’s fans. Fueled by support from their beloved fans, BKTF won the Charlotte City Web Awards for Best Kickstarter Campaign in 2012. An acoustic EP featuring two new tracks and a stripped-down version of the lead single from Years, “Settle It Down”, is set for a June 13, 2013 release. Big ideas, big plans and enormous drive have the band revved up and heading where they want to be. They’ve managed to carve out a sizeable niche within Charlotte, and their foot is on the gas. Charming music full of hooks and hope, the group is set to make a well deserved name. This train’s headed places, so all-aboard for the ride - it’s guaranteed to entertain. BKTF have shared the stage with Needtobreathe, Ben Rector, Secondhand Serenade, the Parlotones, Bowling for Soup, Matt Hires, the Working Title, Luna Halo, the Dollyrots, and many more.