Fighting With Wire
Derry City, County Derry
Fighting With Wire emerged from the ever creative Northern Ireland music scene in 2003, the brainchild of guitarist Cahir O’Doherty (Jetplane Landing / Clearshot) and drummer Craig McKean (Clearshot). An idealistic bunch, they’ve since done what rock bands are meant to do: they wrote a bunch of songs, and took to the road. The last three years has seen them play shows with the likes of Reuben, Biffy Clyro, Million Dead, Seafood, YCNI:M and Future Of The Left, racking up hundreds of miles and honing their live show into a ferocious explosion in the process. After putting out a number of limited edition DIY singles, they took a breather at the end of 2006 and finally started work on their longawaited debut album. Recorded in Northern Ireland and finally completed in mid-2007, Man Vs Monster is a dynamic beast of a record – raging out of your speakers one moment yet gentle and intricate the next, and all without losing focus of what’s important: the song.
2008 was a huge year as we saw the band record two Maida Vale sessions for BBC Radio 1, as well as the release of their first two singles from the Man Vs Monster album; 'Everyone Needs A Nemesis', which reached number 1 on the MTV Myspace chart, and 'All For Nothing'. The year also brought performances at a number of high-profile festivals, including Leeds and Reading, T in the Park, Oxygen, One Big Weekend and Truck. As 2008 drew to a close Fighting With Wire had completed over 100 shows, including four full UK tours, two as headliners, a headline European tour, and their debut performances in America.
Early 2009 saw the band notch up another UK tour which saw Fighting With Wire's first sell out London show. Shortly after, the band made a string of radio appearance, including several live sets to promote the third single 'Sugar' from their debut album Man Vs Monster. Fighting With Wire again achieved number one on the MTV Myspace Chart, occupying the top ten for several weeks. With the UK taken care of for a few months,
In March 2009 Fighting With Wire turned their attention to the U.S for the South By South West festival. The band announced themselves in style by racking up 11 shows in just over 3 days. These appearances signalled the end of the live shows for 2009 as their attention turned to the writing and recording of the second album. However, there was still time for a couple of shows in the band's native Northern Ireland to test out some of their new material, as well as an appearance at the Sonisphere Festival in August.
As 2009 draws towards its end, the band have just entered the recording stage of the follow up to their Man Vs Monster album at Dark Horse Recordings, with legendary producer Nick Raskulinecz. What does 2010 hold for Fighting With Wire? A new album, lots more touring and world domination!