BIO

Laini and the Wildfire is a piano-fronted pop rock trio from New Haven, CT.  The band has refined their eclectic sound with the upcoming release of their latest album, Wandering, which features elements of modern pop and rock, mixed with a touch of 60s soul, all set behind Laini Marenick’s powerful vocals. Indie Spoonful (2017) writes: "Wandering is a stand-out album...Each song has potential to stand alone as a top-notch single, leaving listeners with plenty of memorable tunes that will be stuck in their head." The record highlights the pop sensibility and soulfulness of artists such as Adele, while maintaining the depth, intensity, and raw edge of female fronted rock artists like Fiona Apple and Florence + the Machine.  The band has achieved their sound mainly through the use of percussive and hypnotic piano, anthemic group harmonies, soulful lead vocals, and the powerful, melodic rhythms of bass and drums—using guitars and other instrumentation subtly, only as polish for the songs. Many of the songs on 'Wandering' reflect on Laini’s future hopes, past regrets, and fear of change, as the album was written on the heels of Laini leaving her full-time job as a therapist to pursue music. 'Wandering' is the full length follow-up to Laini and the Wildfire’s debut EP (May 2016).

Since forming in 2015, the band has received positive responses from many music industry professionals.  They we recently named Best Pop Band 2017 by Indie Voice Blog, were nominated for Best in State (CT) at the New England Music Awards in 2017, and their debut EP was ranked #5 album of the year 2016 (including both national and regional acts) by Cygnus Radio host G. Gone of “My Week That Was.”   Soundwaves Review (2016) wrote about their self titled debut:  "These songs could easily all be radio hits, yet they stand apart from the gelatinous goop of most mainstream music." The band has fostered a strong and engaged social media following on Twitter since releasing their first EP and music companies have taken notice of the band’s growth, as they have received endorsements from Westone Audio, GMS Drums, and Moniker Guitars. Laini and the Wildfire has developed a distinct identity that transcends generations and translates into a captivating live performances where the band, along with Laini's gold glitter piano, shines front and center.

Band Members: Laini Marenick (vocals and keys), Mark Marenick (bass/back up vocals), and Rob Siraco (drums/back up vocals) 

UPDATES

Live From the Lake: "Ooh La La" by Faces 

It is officially summer and we are officially back with our Live from the Lake video series--this time with some special musical guests. For our first video of the season, we picked a song that gives you that summer "contemplate your life around a campfire and a few drinks with friends" kind of feeling: "Ooh La La" by Faces. 

Tom Ballaro joined us on banjo for this song, and it was honestly the PERFECT day.  Enjoy! 

Tiny Desk Contest 2019 

We look forward to the NPR Tiny Desk Contest every year, and I can't believe this is our FOURTH time entering! This year, we performed a LIVE acoustic version of our song "Bricks in the Water." It's somber and reflective, and it's probably my favorite from the album. At the time that I wrote it, I was feeling heavy with regret for delaying my music career for so long...more than 10 years. I had to truly forgive myself and let go of all the things that I wish I had done differently. I felt more hopeful after writing it, but at the time, I was in a pretty dark place. We all have made choices that we regret, and gone down paths where we wished we went in another direction. I hope this song reminds you to let go of the "bricks" that burden you, and embrace your future with an open heart.

 

The Santa Sessions: Live 

Merry Christmas all! We've got not one, but TWO Christmas videos for you! It's usually just the three of us in the Wildfire, but for these songs, we had Jessie May (of Alternative Control CT, Owl Maker, and The Shoutbacks) collaborate with us on bass.  And she killed it.  Happy holidays and enjoy! 

 

 

PRESS

"Wandering’ is a stand-out album...Each song has potential to stand alone as a top-notch single, leaving listeners with plenty of memorable tunes that will be stuck in their head" - Indie Spoonful

"...the bouncy stand out "Copilot", buoyant "All the Love in the World," and boppy "Thunder" are like long lost Motown singles by Martha Reeves or Mary Wells..enhanced by palatial, modern rock-era production and Marenick's Aretha Franklin-forceful, rafters-ascending roar..." - The Big Takeover Magazine

 "The band plays anthemic, piano-centered rock songs: ballads and bangers with strong melodies, limber grooves, and mercurial chord changes. The Fiona Apple outsider-vibe is strong, and the absence of guitar is refreshing. You sense they stumbled onto a group person and a formula that works for them and for their audience" - Mike Hamad (The Hartford Courant)

"With swells of elegant rhythms and powerhouse performances, they're a band to fall for" - Artist Spotlight The Music Mermaid

"Truly one of the best [albums] of 2017. Run, don't walk and get this one!"  - Indie Voice Blog

"Laini's strong and strident voice bears comparisons to the likes of Adele and Florence Welch, and has more than a touch of 60s soul to it" - Essentially Pop

"She's on fire" - Feature in Take Magazine

"From the first moments of ["Wandering"] you feel [Laini's] voice in your soul" - Indie Music Home

 

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