On Tuesday, July 19, Philadelphia-based rock outfit, 1FM, will release their second EP. Entitled ‘Wish You Well,’ the record is the highly anticipated follow-up to the band’s debut EP, ‘Burning Bridges,’ which was released in May of 2015. To celebrate the release, 1FM will also host an event in August in their hometown.
Last spring, ‘Burning Bridges’ exploded onto the independent scene to critical acclaim. Fans lauded the effort as well, and as a result, 1FM landed the number one national spot on the Reverb Nation charts for nearly two months. Originally founded with three members, the band eventually evolved into the five-piece outfit that it is today.
With this evolution, the band has ventured into compelling new territory for their second EP. After the launch of ‘Burning Bridges,’ 1FM toured successfully for some time in promotion of the record. After a series of strong live outings, the band added two more members and took to the studio to write and record new content. The process began in the autumn of 2015 and ‘Wish You Well’ took shape after months of dedicated work.
In March, 1FM connected with longtime friend and producer Bruce Wiegner of Overlook Studios to produce ‘Wish You Well.’ With the larger size of the group, 1FM was able to experiment further into exciting new sonic territory. Their second EP isn’t just a statement of their continued relevance - it’s a declaration of the band’s ability to grow and evolve as a musical entity.
“During the process we discovered how much we’ve grown as individuals and as a band,” Tim Laigaie, one of the founding members said. “I definitely think that shows in the five songs on this EP… We couldn’t be more excited for the release.”
In its current iteration, Laigaie performs vocals and is accompanied by Nick Passio on vocals and guitar, Joe Altomari on drums, and newcomers D.J. Kirk and Danny Kirk on bass and guitar, respectively. At the heart of 1FM, the primary catalyst for the band’s creativity is a love of music. Their live shows and EP’s are labors of love - a sentiment that often gets lost in the modern music industry.
Last year, ‘Burning Bridges’ offered an eclectic palette of inspired tracks chock-full of influence from the likes of Weezer, 30 Seconds to Mars, the Foo Fighters, and more. 1FM boasts an impressively diverse culmination of influence - a trait that serves them well as they work outside of the box on each new track.
This year, ‘Wish You Well’ will take cue from its predecessor and continue 1FM down their creative path in ways that are sure to please fans and critics alike for a second time. When the EP drops on July 19, it will be available on iTunes and other digital distribution retailers.
For fans local to the Philadelphia area, 1FM will be hosting an outdoor record release show on Saturday, August 27 at Dave and Buster’s Dockside. (325 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd.) To keep up to date with 1FM on their new release, upcoming shows, and more, visit them on their website and relevant social media.