Fighting With Wire emerged from the ever creative Northern Ireland music scene in 2003, the brainchild of guitarist Cahir O’Doherty (Jetplane Landing / Clearshot) and drummer Craig McKean (Clearshot). An idealistic bunch, they’ve since done what rock bands are meant to do: they wrote a bunch of songs, and took to the road. The last three years has seen them play shows with the likes of Reuben, Biffy Clyro, Million Dead, Seafood, YCNI:M and Future Of The Left, racking up hundreds of miles and honing their live show into a ferocious explosion in the process. After putting out a number of limited edition DIY singles, they took a breather at the end of 2006 and finally started work on their longawaited debut album. Recorded in Northern Ireland and finally completed in mid-2007, Man Vs Monster is a dynamic beast of a record – raging out of your speakers one moment yet gentle and intricate the next, and all without losing focus of what’s important: the song.
2008 was a huge year as we saw the band record two Maida Vale sessions for BBC Radio 1, as well as the release of their first two singles from the Man Vs Monster album; 'Everyone Needs A Nemesis', which reached number 1 on the MTV Myspace chart, and 'All For Nothing'. The year also brought performances at a number of high-profile festivals, including Leeds and Reading, T in the Park, Oxygen, One Big Weekend and Truck. As 2008 drew to a close Fighting With Wire had completed over 100 shows, including four full UK tours, two as headliners, a headline European tour, and their debut performances in America.
What does 2009 hold for Fighting With Wire? More touring and more songs, we would expect.