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"Consider it a small act of heroism to grow up in football-mad Lampasas (population 6,800), get your higher education in Lubbock, and still come out with a mind toward creating ambient music. Fires Were Shot is Clay Walton and John Wilkins, who moved to Austin after graduating from Texas Tech with no experience playing the guitar and formed a group in 1998 that has been redefining the sonic possibilities of the instrument ever since. With influences ranging from Flying Saucer Attack to Austinites Stars of the Lid and armed with little more than their acoustic guitars and a few effects pedals, Walton and Wilkins are dedicated mappers of post-rock ambient soundscapes: part Terry Riley, part Mogwai, and with little rhythmic propulsion to speak of. The band’s first recording, the self-produced, self-released Form the Hearth, was a collection of four-track recordings the duo laid down while learning the basics of their instruments. After extended writing sessions at Walton’s country home in Creedmoor (population 200), the duo sent the results to labels around the country, including San Francisco experimentalists Asphodel (DJ Spooky, John Cage), which released the group’s LP Solace in 2004."
– Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle



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