Laini and the Wildfire is a piano-fronted pop rock trio from New Haven, CT. Their music is clearly inflected with 60s soul, but also blends the pop sensibility of artists like Adele with the raw edge of female fronted rock bands like Florence + the Machine. Since 2016, the band has actively played venues and festivals on the East Coast, gaining recognition for their energetic and engaging performances, both as a full electric rock show or as a stripped down acoustic trio. Some live performance highlights include: Sailfest (New London, CT), Riverfront Music Revival (Shelton, CT) and Conserfest (Block Island, RI).
The band released their first full length album, Wandering, in late 2017, which awarded them the title of “Best Pop Band 2017” by Indie Voice Blog, as well as numerous write-ups from press outlets including The Hartford Courant, CD Baby, The Big Takeover, and Indie Spoonful (view "Press" for more info). The Hartford Courant wrote: “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 persona and a formula that works for them and for their audience”. Laini and the Wildfire is currently working on a collection of new songs to release and debut at their performances in Spring/Summer 2019.
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Laini and the Wildfire is a New Haven, CT based piano-fronted pop rock trio with lots of sass and a little soul. Their music blends the pop sensibility of artists like Adele and the raw edge of female-fronted rock bands, like Florence + the Machine, inflected with a touch 60s soul.
'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
"Becoming a full-time musician: How one artist took the leap" - Interview with CD Baby
"...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
Appearance on Break the Business Podcast Episode 141 - Break the Business
"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