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National Fire Theory

Saturday, January 14, at the Hurricane.


In local-band time, the seven-year-old National Fire Theory is getting pretty close to retirement age. But with a newly released full-length, Blackout Days, on GreyStitch Records and a West Coast tour just around the bend, it seems like this is one band that's just getting started. Since forming in 1999, the KC quartet has been on the same musical, if not professional, plane as Lawrence's Ultimate Fakebook and the Get Up Kids, pairing guitar-driven songs with emotionally charged lyrics for a sound that's as adolescent as it is accessible. That may not always be the most original concept, but it's still catchy as hell — enough so, in fact, for the band to add tour dates with Jimmy Eat World and Mae to its résumé.

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