My Light Sweet Fire is the brainchild of Brian Murphey and Garth MacAleavey. After meeting in Santa Cruz, CA and playing in numerous funk, rock and avant-garde ensembles, they parted ways for several years until meeting up again in New York City. While pursuing several other more rock-influenced projects, they decided to begin orchestrating some of their otherwise unused singer-songwriter music. Soon, the music began to transform into something larger, incorporating their other influences and crossing genres and stylistic boundaries they had never even planned.
Filling out their lineup with Cellist David West, Drummer Max Tucker, Bassist Ben Blumgart, and Violinist Patrick Doane they began putting together a series of songs centered around themes of love gained and lost, accented by the banjo, strings and group vocal harmony. Their debut EP "An Invitation to My Light Sweet Fire" has finally been released, and is available as a free download. You can also purchase the physical CD, the packaging of which was designed and hand-constructed by the band at CDBaby.com or any of their live shows.
"...specializing in very well-written, upbeat, down-tempo pop songs with soft, melodic accompaniment. The performance was solid, and the songs seriously catchy."--Jezebelmusic.com
"...Once My Light Sweet Fire was allowed to take off...I found that I enjoyed their music very much. Banjo player and lead singer, Brian Murphey, has a deep pleasant voice that contrasts nicely with the general sweetness of the band's music."--blogs.myspace.com/ber_lin