Label: Third Man
Reissued 12/20/19, originally released 1997
JONATHAN FIRE EATER was the rare band whose members had the good fortune of growing up together -- and the band's music reflected its members closeness. Their star burned incredibly bright for just a few years, finally burning out -- not fading away -- in 1998. The five-piece grew up in Washington, DC, where they started playing music together at an early age. After high school, all five moved to New York City to attend college, where living together kicked the musical process into high gear. The band practiced in a boiler room at Columbia University.