In preparation for the new album, The Out of Money Experience (due out March 2010) The Optimen are offering up a free single titled Fire Fighter which is off their forthcoming new album. If Fire Fighters is anything to go by, i’m sure it’s safe to say 2010 is going to be a big year for Brisbane’s The Optimen. The new single Fire Fighters is available for a limited time fo free streaming and download at the following places:
Fire Fighters is the first track to be released of The Out of Money Experience and as the story goes below, actually the first track to be put together for the album.
In writing the new album, Fire Fighters was the first track that didn’t take much convincing on any part. Already introduced as a staple to their live set, with its infectious hook and ground-moving bass groove, it set the standard early and in many ways served as an indicator to the direction the album was heading. Starting with a breathy drum break lifted from a mysterious Japanese LP that Kristoff purchased for 100 yen in Shibuya, Sammsonite didn’t waste any time in building a track around it. When DATS suggested the minimal vocal flourishing sounded like an exclamation of “Fire! Fire!” the theme took shape. DJ Damage laid his cuts in the break and so the album began – in the true co-operative nature of the group. As a side note, Kristoff admits “We actually don’t know where this record is, or even who it is! It went missing from the studio before we could translate the kanji from the cover!”
In turning a small sample from a 7” into the first single, The Optimen added their own layers, including a rich coating of horns, live drums and breaks from Myka Wallace (Laneous & The Family Yah), backing vocals from Laneous himself and keys from Greg Arnott.
Fire Fighters is the first taste of The Optimen’s sophomore album The Out of Money Experience which is scheduled for release March 2010.
Distributed by Inertia Distribution The Out of Money Experience is due for release early 2010 in March and will present the 2nd phase in The Optimen‘s story. The Optimen released their debut album Boomtown (an absolute stormer of a cd) in 2005 with their first single Give It Up, which was added to high-rotation on Triple J. The crew then went on to pick up two gongs for Best Urban Artist and Best Film Clip at the 2006 MusicOZ awards, followed by a whole heap of awards on Ozhiphop.com.