“I wanted to provide modern fight songs to energize people in positive ways and help them resist complacency. We live in an era where it is too easy to tune out, and let indifference and discouragement numb us,” says NYC-based and Cleveland-born rocker Dan Miraldi.
Love Under Fire began as an interruption. Miraldi was ready to complete his fourth full-length album; the songs were written and demoed. The first single was released. But then November 9th hit, and his plans changed.
Miraldi explains: “The current political climate compelled me to put my typical type of songs temporarily aside and instead write and record Love Under Fire.”
Musically, the EP is driven by big bone-rattling rock anthems. Lyrically, the singer digs deep and discusses current social and political issues, providing his listeners with six stellar modern protest songs.
Love Under Fire’s first single, “The Sweet Sound of Protest,” focuses on anti-fascism. It’s loud and brash, just as a song about such things should be. “I wanted to go on record as to where I stand politically and socially,” Miraldi says. “My goal is to uplift and unite people in nonviolent action and in anti-complacency.”
“No Words” grapples with shootings that have become all-too-normal throughout the US, and the current state of gun legislation. Miraldi makes his stance loud and clear. “Fear is a Powerful Drug” continues with a journey, venturing through despair and fear and eventually ending with hope. Fear is a powerful drug, but it’s got nothing on love.
The creation of “Name of Love” spans quite a bit of time, originally started when Miraldi was a teenager in Ohio. His music career began in his teens, playing playing Cleveland rock clubs with bands like the Cherry Flavored Elevator and Exit Suburbia. Realizing the same problems that concerned him as a teenager are still relevant -- war, religious and political extremism, environmental concerns and guns -- he re-recorded the song for the EP.
Miraldi released the full-length solo album Sugar & Adrenaline in 2012, working with Grammy-nominee Dave Douglas (Relient K). The album received airplay on over 140 FM stations, and supported by a 50-date national tour. He released a pair of EPs, the acoustic Freewheelin’ and the electric Devil At Our Heels in 2013, recording the with Chris Grainger (Wilco, Sixpence None The Richer, Switchfoot) for the latter. Miraldi and his band performed at SXSW in both 2013 and 2014, preceding his move to New York. In 2015, Miraldi released his third full-length album Chaos, Destruction & Dancing, expanding beyond the retro-flavored power-pop and gritty rock and roll that first brought him success by blending in modern elements of indie-pop. The record pleased both fans and critics. Miraldi toured behind the album, playing shows from coast to coast in the US and by also performing in Europe. The album’s track “Junkie Friend” earned the singer-songwriter his second recognition from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, as a finalist in the “Best Folk Song” category, following previous recognition for “The Holy Roller Stone Revival” as a finalist in the “Best Rock Song” in 2010.
In the past 10 years, he has shared the bills with likes of J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Nelly, Wiz Khalifa, the Wailers, Wild Feathers, the Trews, Wally Bryson of the Raspberries, Beatle offspring James McCartney, Family of the Year, Welshly Arms, Ari Hest, Blackalicious, the Cool Kids, Fiery Furnaces, and even Wang Chung.
Love Under Fire continues Miraldi’s evolution in music, offering loud rock and roll with tinges of the indie-pop that’s infiltrated his sound. Though the album found Miraldi branching out beyond his comfort zone, he says: “This is not business as usual. This is not the fun-time power-pop-rock album I set out to make. Love Under Fire is the loud rock and roll record I needed to make.”