Firebug – The SIB Review

Firebug are Juliette Tworsey (vocals), Jules Shapiro (guitars), Dale Bryan (bass) and Christopher McGuire (drums).

Due to the massive international success of the Grammy Award winning duo “The Black Keys”, the southern comfort sound that was very much perfected by Skynard in the 70’s and is undeniably championed today by the great Drive By Truckers is back in the forefront of popular music.

This reinvention, although painfully needed in today’s abhorrent excuse of a music industry, does run the risk of going stale due to mediocre efforts by copy cats jumping on the band wagon. One band that refuses to be snared in this trap is the Los Angeles “based” band Firebug.

Firebug are definitely not a sedentary entity. Primarily based in the historical Wicker Park Chicago as a duo, Juliette and Jule’s hunger and determination pulled them west to la-la land where they completed their lineup by recruiting Jeff and Ty. Nowadays the band spend most of their time in the prominent centre of music, New Orleans.

The band’s latest offering “Used to Be” is a sneak peek track from their 2012 forthcoming album and has an element that even the “Keys” are lacking. This essential feature is their ability to “shake it up” literally and figuratively. They do not disappoint in serving up the familiar but with an edge. The opening riff is blissfully crunchy and when the rhythm section kicks in accompanied by a second guitar that thrashes out an almighty growl it is evident that this is not your average characterless revival band. The track has a pounding 2/4 time signature but adds an extra skip to throw the listener. This conjures up some interesting features and makes the track delightfully complicated.

2012 saw the european release of their critically acclaimed album “Season for Change”. Originally released in 2008 in the US, the album is bold and brilliant. Although the southern comfort is there , the album offers a lot more than just that. With elements of indie rock and blues with a psychedelic twist the album does not disappoint. Probably the biggest highlight of the album is the opening track Paradise. So good that even Film and Television have enlisted its services. The track appeared on Fox’s Speed TV segment for 24 hours of LeMans (2009).

The music is beautifully played however the focal point of the album is Juliette’s vocals. It is interesting that the band originated from Wicker Park where historically there is a huge community of German and Scandinavian habitants. There is a fundamental part of Juliette’s voice that is Eastern European similar to that of Tori Amos and Patti Smith.

Firebug are definitely a band that have paid their dues and are destined for bigger and better things. It’s just a matter of time.

Season for Change 4 tin foil hats out of 5.

by Stuart Ireland

Firebug can be found on many of our shows. Here are just a few of the latest outings of this fantastic band.

The Captain SIB Show Episode 28
The Captain SIB Show Episode 38
The Captain SIB Show Episode 45

Get the FireBug at their website and socially accept them on Facebook. But before that, enjoy their video for the astounding track ‘Deaf Ears’.

The Captain SIB Show – Episode 45 – Upsetting the Victorious

Welcome one and all to another episode in our groundbreaking journey through the world of musical delight.
This week we bring to you the second band in our “Band of the Month” competition with ReverbNation. The Upset Victory are a fantastic outfit that are belting their way through the musical scene with their up beat, rock-tastic musical workings.
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Joining us this week are…

  • Firebug – Used to Be
  • Quiet Company – It’s Better to Spend Money
  • The Blue Stones – Rolling With The Punches
  • Clouds on Strings – Kiwi
  • The Walking Who – Lepathon
  • Trapdoor Social – Seppuku
  • Auto Defiance – Heart Attack
  • Envoi – Ghost
  • The Hollow Glow – Inside
  • The Upset Victory – Fake This
  • The Shiny Darks – Stab at Love
  • Show Notes.

  • Firebug can be found on facebook and you can pick up their new single “”Used to Be ” from iTunes
  • Quiet Company can be found on facebook and you can pick up their 6 song sampler free on bandcamp
  • The Blue Stones can be found on facebook and you can pick up their EP “How’s That Sound” from their page.
  • Clouds on Strings can be found on facebook and you can pick up their EP “Pomology” from their bandcamp page.
  • The Walking Who can be found on facebook and you can pick up their album “Candy Flu” from bandcamp
  • Trapdoor Social can be found on facebook and you can pick up their EP from bandcamp.
  • Auto Defiance can be found on facebook and you can pick up their Single from bandcamp
  • Envoi can be found on facebook and you can pick up their single “Ghost” from bandcamp.
  • The Hollow Glow can be found on facebook and you can pick up their self titled album from bandcamp.
  • The Upset Victory can be found on facebook and you can check them out on their ReverbNation page
  • The Shiny Darks can be found on facebook and you can pick up their music free from their website
  • The Captain SIB Show – Episode 38 – A Medicated Breakdown

    Free rock PodcastsWelcome one and all to another episode in our groundbreaking journey through the world of musical delight. This week we prescribe to you some fine medication. Amongst our usual dribble of SIB nonsense.
    Check out our good friends, from the land of Scotlandio, the funking colostomy bag called Alabaster Jones.
    We really hope you enjoy the superb Cut Ribbons as they have been lighting up the stages with their brand of rockiness.
    All this medication is topped of with the new song from Afterlife and a little vist from good ole Ben Rusch.

    Judge for yourself and see why we are thee best, free, musically medicated podcast available anywhere!!



    Joining us this week are…

  • Firebug – Breakdown
  • Alabaster Jones – Looking Up
  • Ben Rusch – As Good As It Gets
  • Cut Ribbons – Paper Shields
  • The Artifacts – Be Someone
  • Streets of Fire – Faster Darling Now
  • Ealeon – When I Have It All
  • Sauza Kings – Satellite Girl
  • Melodramus – Frozen
  • Afterlife – Freedom
  • Lediance – Lack of Control


  • The superb Firebug can be found on facebook and NEW FIREBUG SINGLE ‘Used To Be’ produced by Queens Of The Stone Age producer Chris Goss OUT NOW!
  • Scottish funk bringers Alabaster Jones can be found on facebook
  • Get a little Ben Rusch into your life by following on facebook
  • Grab your scissors and hit up Cut Ribbons who can be found on facebook
  • The Artifacts can be found on facebook and you can pick up their album from bandcamp
  • Streets of Fire can be found on facebook and you can pick up their album from bandcamp
  • Ealeon can be found on facebook
  • Wake up your granny with the Sauza Kings who can be found on facebook and you can pick up their album from bandcamp
  • Indulge yourself with some Melodramus and they can be found on facebook and you can pick up their album from bandcamp
  • Scottish rockers Afterlife can be found on facebook and make sure you check out their new ep!!
  • Lediance can be found on facebook also
  • Captain SIB Show – Episode 28 – The quivering eye…


    Welcome one and all to another outstanding dose of musical medication. Captain SIB are indeed the bringers of the original medicated podcast experience and the music will shake the hamster from your Granny.
    We introduce some amazing new talent to you this week. Some from home and some from far, far away.
    The mighty Fozzy set the pace with a belter of a track from their Chasing The Grail album. Make sure you check out our interview with Fozzy front man, and WWE Wrestler, Chris Jericho, available here on SIBtv.
    We’ve sneaked in a little number from our favourite comedy muscian, Stephen Lynch, to finish off the show.


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    On this weeks show…

  • Fozzy – Under Blackened Skies
  • Something Utopic – Ambition
  • The Detours – One Last Chance
  • Clutch – Never Be Moved
  • Dead Cells – Sunshine
  • Late Cambrian – Those Middle Years
  • Neely – Everything I Am
  • They Said Jump – All Be A Super Hero
  • Firebug – Used To Be
  • Koala – Towels
  • Sasha Raskin – Only Music
  • Stephen Lynch – Crazy Peanuts
  • Show Notes :

  • Fozzy have signed a fantastic new deal with Century Media Records. Pick up Chasing The Grailby Fozzy and smash your granny in the teeth.
  • Get your mits on “Synthesis Physical” from Something Utopic on their website.
  • The Detours have their single available for free download.
  • Clutch are available through Weathermaker Music.
  • Name your price and get your download of Dead Cells new EP, “Tear Down the Heavens”
  • Late Cambrian can be found through Milk It To Deaf Productions
  • Check out Neely’s Facebook page and get yourself a free track.
  • They Said Jump are managed by Rebellion Music.
  • Check out the official Firebug facebook page for all the updates.
  • Koala’s EP can be downloaded from their Bandcamp.
  • Download music from Sasha Raskin for free on the Bandcamp.
  • Check out the fantastically funny Stephen Lynch in his video section.
  • Captain SIB Show – Episode 23 – Merry Xmas and Happy SIB’ings

    Jingle bells Batman smells indeed. Its Christmas and Captain SIB present to you a magical collection of music.
    This week, the glorious Diamond make their debut with a tasty little mince pie.
    As an extra special Yuletide treat we decided to play some of the best bands that have featured throughout the year.
    So stuff your giblets into festive oblivion and merrily ding dong from upon high. Enjoy the medication that is Captain SIB.


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    This week you will hear…

  • IL Malpertugio – Deranged
  • Firebug – Paradise
  • We Could Build an Empire – Easy
  • Solstice Coil – Singalong Deathtrap
  • Leaders Led – Can’t Turn Back
  • Diamond – Fly Solo
  • Annie Stevenson – TV Took My Soul
  • People On Vacation – She Was the Only One
  • The Roboteers – On the Edge
  • Ultra Mega Technoband Stefan – Twisted Up
  • Tunnelmental Experimental Assembly – Charlie Said
  • Greg X – As the World Spins Round
  • Show Notes.

  • Pick up Il Malpertugio’s new album “Sunset Screaming” now.
  • Pick up the fantastic new single from Firebug called “Used to Be” now from their Itunes.
  • You can get the brand new, self titled album by We Could Build an Empire now from their Itunes.
  • Solstice Coil can be found through Melodic Revolution Records.
  • Pick up some fancy merch from Diamond in their little shop.
  • “The Carry On” is the EP by People on Vacation, get it now on their Itunes.
  • The exciting self titled debut album from The Roboteers is a great buy.
  • We would like to finish by thanking all of the artists and labels that have given us such a great selection of bands this year.
    Also we would like to thank you, the listener, for showing your support and for making our rise to podcast domination possible. Remember all the shows are archived here on for your listening pleasure. Keep on SIB’ing and happy holidays to all.