The still nameless trio then looked to move the project on by finding a bassist & starting their first recordings . They recruited multi talented producer, engineer & musician Mike Buchanan on bass & the four headed to Crystal Palace to produce themselves at long time friends band, Grand Drives tiny studio. Adjacent to the studio was ‘Palace Fires’…a shop selling reconditioned fireplaces. Having passed it enough times the project was nameless no more! Palace Fires played their first live show at Tunbridge Wells Forum in March 2006. There followed a number of Club NME shows around the UK & a support slot with Richard Hawley at Shepherds Bush Empire. The band have since had successful London headlines at Water Rats, Metro, Barfly & Islington Academy. The debut single “Nothing Comes Close” was released in August 2006 on the bands own Bespoke Label gaining plays on Radio 1, 2, 6, XFM (playlist) & regional stations. The NME described it as “Glorious, anthemic, super sized ballard rock in the style of late Verve. It’s ace!” E4 music also gave the homemade performance video many airings.
The follow up came in December 2006 entitled “Never Gonna Get Away”. This again was very well received by radio & gained the band debut live sessions on XFM & 6 Music. The Sunday Times made it ‘hottest download’ of the week.
The band then decided to go back to the studio & finish their debut LP. They spent the majority of 2007 doing this & now it’s completed. The Fires kicked off 2008 by heading out with Travis on a UK tour. This proved to be a huge success & plans for the strongest single yet, “Fear Of Falling”, are being made for an April release. They also filmed their debut TV performance for Channel 4’s JD Set’s to be aired 14th March live from Newcastle Cluny. They headline the Water Rats on March 19th 2008.