A proverbial melting pot of incisive global rhythms, raucous snatches of far-flung international sounds only beginning in Eastern Europe and Bollywood, and a snarly punk-rock ethos, Firewater is a marauding, surprisingly melodic collective led by acid-tongued Tod A. As Tod Ashley, he led the thunderous, anarchic punk band Cop Shoot Cop before being inspired by klezmer and Gypsy music and forming Firewater about a decade ago. The band's latest chapter began when A, following a divorce and Dubya's dubious re-election, left New York for a three-year global trek. Using a laptop and musicians he encountered along the way, A recorded the tunes on... More >>>