The Amplifires history starts in late 2005 when David Brunt bought a guitar case from Steve Rawlinson via Ebay and, after realising that Steve was just a couple of miles away, went to collect it. Steve was looking to form another band as was David so with shared musical interests – two pieces of the jigsaw in place!Meanwhile Steve already knew Sharon and her musical background. An opportunity had arisen earlier to play guitar in Sharon's presence and memorably the sound of Blondie's 'Call Me' guitar riff was quickly accompanied by Sharon's voice. Another piece of the jigsaw in place.
3 drummers – Ted, Ruth and Kim -, hundreds of gigs, and a tour of 3 states of America later, and the Amplifires have recently been completed by the arrival of Sandy Mitchell, who is just as excited by original music and a desire to play. The Amplifires’ first album, Fire On The Moon, was released in 2008 and it received major airplay across the world, featuring as CD of the week in such cities as New York, Adelaide, Ottowa and Hamburg, The band remain proud of this achievement.
This was followed 18 months later with the release of the album S.W.A.L.K and three other single releases.
In September 2009 the band completed a 15 date tour in the NW USA in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio, culminating in a great gig in Potsdam.
Kim Chester joined us on the drums shortly after our return from the USA, replacing Ruth Dobson, and we continued to gig locally and extend our own repertoire. Kim left us due to work commitments in summer 2013.
Sandy joined us as drummer late in 2013 and we're now looking forward to a great 2014. Sandy brings with him his experience of many years of playing in bands which will add a new dimension to what we do.
Our latest album, Life’s a Gamble’, shortly to be released, is the culmination of new writing and new energy. We are excited by both the changes in direction and stylistic development and by our own unique and unchanging Amplifires sound and style.
Meanwhile, we continue to take over the world of social media, with 226,000 (and rising!) followers on Twitter, 150,00+ on Reverbnation, 2000+ on LinkedIn and over 3500 on Facebook Like, as well as endorsements by a whole series of musical luminaries such as Pauline Black (The Selecter), Midge Ure (Ultravox), Gilson Lavis (ex-Squeeze), Gordon Giltrap, Del Bartle from the Godfathers, to name a few.
All Along The Watchtower – Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix All Day And All Of The Night – The Kinks Beautiful Son – Hole Because The Night – Patti Smith Group Birth, School, Work, Death – The Godfathers Call Me – Blondie Can I Get A Witness – The Rolling Stones Celebrity Skin – Hole Communication Breakdown – Led Zeppelin Creep – Radiohead Date With The Night – Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fire On The Moon – The Bellrays Get Back – The Beatles Get It On – T Rex Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie Hash Pipe – Weezer Heavy Cross – Gossip Hot Stuff – Donna Summer House Of The Rising Snn – The Animals Hush – Deep Purple I Don’t Need No Doctor – Humble Pie I Love Rock And Roll – Joan Jett If it Makes you Happy – Sheryl Crow Johnny Be Goode – Chuck Berry Locomotive Breath – Sensational Alex Harvey Band Lonely Boy – The Black Keys Maria – Blondie Message In A Bottle – The Police Midnight Moses – Sensational Alex Harvey Band Monkey Gone To Heaven – The Pixies Nancy Boy – Placebo Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage Ooh La La – Goldfrapp Pet Sematary – The Ramones Rebel Yell – Billy Idol Route 66 – Beatmasters/Depeche Mode She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult Stupid Girl – Garbage Swampsnake – Sensational Alex Harvey Band Sweet Dreams – Eurhythmics Tainted Love – Soft Cell Take Me I'm Yours – Squeeze Union City Blues – Blondie Voodoo Train – The Bellrays What Difference Does it Make – The Smiths Whole Lotta Love – Led Zepellin Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/DC Zombie – The Cranberries