Bristol-based Welsh/ Norwegian duo, Firewoodisland released their new single Drop Everything’ on 28 February. Premiered via Wonderland. Magazine, the single surface ahead of the release of their much anticipated self-titled second album that will see the light on 20 March, 2020, via Firewoodisland Records. Firewoodisland kicked off 2020 with a performance at the 100 Dager industry showcase in Norway on January 25th. They have already played a dozen Sofar Sounds Sessions and performed at festivals like Between The Trees, Farmfest, Klubb Dagen at Øya Festival, Oxjam Cardiff Takeover, Vikedal Roots Music Festival, BBC’s Introducing stage at Latitude Festival and headlined Richer Unsigned’s lunchtime showcase to an exclusive audience of music industry professionals.What started as a solo project is now the joint creative project of artists, multi-instrumentalists and songwriters Stian Vedøy and Abi Eleri. In 2011, Stian moved from Norway to Cardiff, UK, where he established Firewoodisland while studying for a masters in music production. The name Firewoodisland is a direct translation of ‘Vedøy’, Stian’s surname. Stian met Abi shortly after moving to Cardiff, where Abi was studying illustration, and the two soon paired up to form the band, with Abi taking over artwork duties, playing a few opening slots and open mic nights around Cardiff. The duo went on to become finalists in Norway’s Bandwagon Battle of the Bands which allowed them to release their debut EP, ILD, in 2014. This was followed by several singles, 2016’s Dome EP and their debut album Chaos Is The State Of The Heart in 2018.
‘Drop Everything’ is of similar ilk to ‘Ataraxic’ in it´s meaning. It is written to remind a friend that they have people around them, but sometimes they spend too much time struggling alone and not opening up. The line “draw breath with me” in the chorus is the idea of being in a close relationship with that person, as close as breath. They have nothing to feel fearful of, support and love are around them and not judgement. “I’ll drop everything” in the chorus is a reminder that they are worth so much more than the other stuff we fill our lives with.”
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