Critically acclaimed music producer and film composer Dave Wirth has been releasing music on the Fire, Fire, Red Star Down record label since 2005. A masters degree holder from the Eastman School of Music, and an unapologetic nerd about music, his energy for following new and inspired ideas is boundless.
Dave's first record titled "I & II" (2005) was an experimentation with slowcore indie-rock songs with melodically layered feedback. It wasn't until 2016 that Dave got into the studio again to record "Flutters." Flutters is an all-instrumental acoustic guitar record, released to critical acclaim. With his 2018 release "The Big Heavy," which also gathered critical acclaim for it's lyrics and melody, Dave explored more indie-folk arrangements with deeply layered voices and guitars.
On the film soundtrack side of things, Dave has been active as fuuuuuck. Having done scores with directors Madison Bounds (Crisp Lips, The Mumbler), Alex Rios (Deja Vu), Suzanne Moulton (Nowheres Wolf), Maurice Moore (The Place She Dwells), and Heather Halstead (Fetch). Finally, 2021 also saw the release of another Dave Wirth record, Cinematic Piano Improvisations.
"I Won't Untie The Knots" was the other 2021 release on FFRSD for Dave Wirth. This epic rocker was greatly influenced by Arcade Fire's second record Funeral and the strange but accessible melodies heard in Band Of Horses in their first two records. Lyrically, it's an expressionistic and blurry impression of modern life filled with the intimate dread of personal responsibility. Dave originally created and recorded Knots in a fit of passion in a random building in South Austin. Interestingly, the drums were not played to a click track. There are around 20 guitars overlaid throughout this recording. Some electric, some acoustic. Piano, and even mountain dulcimer.
If there's one thing about Dave Wirth you can expect, it's that you can't expect anything. He's always changing, always morphing, and always moving forward, embracing change and allowing it to affect everything he does.
Dave Wirth Releases on Fire, Fire, Red Star Down!
The Still Life: firefireredstardown.com/album/the-still-life
Cinematic Piano Improvisations: firefireredstardown.bandcamp.com/album/cinematic-piano-improvisations
I & II: firefireredstardown.bandcamp.com/album/i-ii
Crisp Lips (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): firefireredstardown.bandcamp.com/album/crisp-lips-original-motion-picture-soundtrack
The Mumbler (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack): firefireredstardown.bandcamp.com/album/the-mumbler-original-motion-picture-soundtrack