Lounge on Fire is an independent alternative rock band formed in Boise, Idaho in 2013. Often described as “sexadelic freak funk”, the sound draws on an eclectic blend of influences that blur the lines between rock, soul, jazz, latin, disco, hip hop, and funk. Rapid and percussive vocals often combine with dark, seductive grooves and a boisterous fanfare of wind instruments to create a unique fusion that fans of Modest Mouse, Gogol Bordello, and Cake would enjoy. The seven-piece group consists of Nathan Norton on guitar and vocals, Josh Gilmore on bass guitar, Wade Ronsse on drums, Alan Schwaderer on keyboards and guitar, Matt Patterson on saxophone, Seth Hoffman on trumpet, and Kevan Ash on trombone. Lounge on Fire has been noted for their energetic live performances, often featuring a synchronized warddrobe that situationally varies from 70’s disco-funk to prom night attire to Christmas costumes, signature dance moves that encourage audience gyration, and the horn section running into the crowd to give an intimate experience to showgoers.
Early in 2017, Lounge on Fire independently released their debut album “Lips of Calypso” on CD and vinyl, which have collectively sold over 1000 copies to date, and to which has garnered local acclaim. The release show sold out the Nuerolux in Boise, Idaho – a 300-capacity venue, and many were turned away from the door. The album was recorded and produced by Jason Ringelstetter at Tonic Room Studios in Boise, Idaho. While each track stands alone, “Lips of Calypso” is a concept album; an ode to the human body as a hostage to the temptation of sin, particularly that of lust. Each track embodies the perspective of the “sinner” and their struggle with the burden created by this seduction. The name Calypso literally means “to deceive”, which encapsulates the false sense of security provided by the allurement of pleasure. The hedonism experienced by the sinner is further muddled by the notion of being nurtured by societal masculinity into a compulsory state of seeking fulfillment through sexual satisfaction, and conflicting pedagogy to abstain from such lasciviousness. In Lips of Calypso, gratification is met with indignity in the journey of grappling with desire in attempt to be released from the prison of the flesh.
Lounge on Fire is a four-year Treefort Music Fest veteran, with 2017 as a main stage act. They have also headlined at Roseberry Music Festival, Alive After 5 in 2016, Tamarack Resort Sunset Series in 2017, Eagle Gazebo Concert Series in 2016 and 2017 Offbeat Music Festival at the Treefort Showcase, Sawtooth Music Festival on second stage, Moscow Hempfest, and the Moscow Renaissance Fair. During Treefort Music Fest in 2017, they recorded a live session with Daytrotter, which was featured in Paste Magazine. In 2017, Lounge on Fire was awarded 3rd place for “Best Local Band” by Boise Weekly. Lounge on Fire has played well over 100 shows in Boise and the Pacific Northwest since their conception. This includes: festivals, fundraisers, private parties, après, ski resorts, weddings, wakes, and even farmers’ markets. On top of regular concerts, Lounge also recently performed alongside Idaho Dance Theatre as part of its Interface series. In addition to headlining many of these shows, they have had the opportunity to open for acclaimed national acts such as St Paul and the Broken Bones, The Suffers, Thunderpussy, Turkuaz, Orgone, and Polyrhythmics.
Lounge on Fire has been working with local organizations and charities to raise awareness and money through merchandise sales. They have frequently performed at benefits for Radio Boise. In 2016, they performed at a benefit show for a local man who had been crushed by a cement truck, as well as Curtis Stigers’ Holiday Extravaganza – a benefit for the Interfaith Sanctuary in Boise, Idaho. In the summer of 2017, Lounge on Fire worked with Boise Bicycle Project to raise money for the organization through merchandise sales, and additionally performed at some of their fundraising events, including Bike Prom for the annual Pedal 4 the People event. Currently, the group is raising money for the Woman and Children’s Alliance through their own merchandise sales, as well as from the track “Night Before Christmas” that they recently recorded and released through the Ida Ho Ho compilation.