The Punch

Brian Wolff: “Motion”

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a major milestone in the way we look at recent times, an unstable start to the 2020s. But of course we can also measure the turn of that decade by looking locally. For the last three quarters of the twenty-teens Austin was home to Fair City Fire, whose masterful heartland rock set the soundtrack for two studio full-lengths, five national tours, and even an official City of Austin declaration of “Fair City Fire Day” on August 31st, 2019. The pandemic was quick to follow, leading Fair City Fire to hiatus and eventually disbandment. However, FCF frontman Brian Wolff wasn’t all that eager to hang up an avenue for his songwriting altogether. After acclimating to the “new normal”, Wolff (along with his backing bassist Tim Moen and drummer Joe Valadez) joined forces with producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith at The Bubble last summer. Now the trio is set to unleash the fruits of their labor, The Punch EP . True to its name, these five new tracks don’t fuss around with any fluff and instead cut straight to…well…you know. Brian Wolff celebrates The Punch with a Standing Room Only EP release show 9PM this Friday at Lambert’s with opener Britny Lobas and today you can get your workweek wheels rolling with “Motion”.

Brian Wolff: “I Love You, Goodnight”

You might have fond memories of Fair City Fire, whose embers attracted a formidable following over their seven-year tenure here in Austin, even landing their own official day on August 31st, 2019. The bad news is that Fair City Fire’s called it quits. But the good news is that FCF co-founder Brian Wolff continues to stoke those creative flames with his newfound eponymous solo project.

With the help of producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith, this singer-guitarist has recently completed work on his debut EP The Punch, due out next Spring. You can expect some truly innovative originals from Wolff, who drew inspiration from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell, and Manchester Orchestra, and without beating Wolff to¬†The Punch, check out the record’s lead single, “I Love You, Goodnight”!