From the Fire formed in 1990, and within a few weeks, found themselves in the studio recording their debut album.
"Thirty Days and Dirty Nights" was recorded at Fortress Sound in Los Angeles, produced by Jean Beauvoir, and engineered by Pat Regan, for New York
indie label Metropolis Records.
The album featured Tommy Lafferty on guitar, Mike Sciotto on drums, Nadine Arel on keys, Paul St. James on bass, and J.D. Kelly on keys and lead
vocals. The songs - with the exception of Eric Carmen's "Go All The Way" and Lafferty/Beauvoir's "Same Song", were all written by Arel,
Kelly, and the band.
The recording took a month - hence, the album title - and featured the band's tight, melodic arrangements and deep, yet edgy, production. More
often than not, that meant Lafferty's hard-edged guitar and Sciotto's powerful drumming were set against multi-leveled keyboards and lush
harmonies. Beauvoir's sense of drama and Pat Reagan's mastery of keyboard engineering gave the finished collection a resonance and quality
that showcased the band's musicianship and songwriting to great effect, while retaining the live feel that the band would later demonstrate at
performances in New York.
With a selection of ballads and powerful rock anthems - even a strong duet between Kelly and "Harlow" vocalist Theresa Straley - the album garnered
acclaim from artists like Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS, who stopped in to hear its progress during production. During their stay in LA, the
band also attended several press parties and performed live for industry insiders.
A year after its production, "Thirty Days and Dirty Nights" was released in Europe and placed well on the charts in most markets. The band, still in
America, had little idea as to what was happening overseas. Critics regarded the album as a true landmark in AOR, and routinely praised the recording
as a must-have for fans of the genre.
Eventually, as other opportunities arose, two members went their separate ways, but remained friends: Paul Morris replaced Nadine Arel, and Thaddeus
Castanis took over on bass from Paul St. James so that the band could continue playing live. Lafferty, Sciotto, and Kelly remained as the core of the
During this period, the band continued to write together, and recorded several songs, and pieces of songs, in New York City's "Cherry Bomb"
studios and in their own home studios. These carried forward the style, melodic themes, and style of the debut. One song - "From the Fire" was the
band's first politically-motivated anthem, and another, "Some Kind Of Dream" was a lilting, trippy tale of the band's sudden, almost
unexpected journey from unknown to anything but.
A re-release of "Thirty Days" in 2009, through "Yesterrock", sparked talk of a reunion, but the event never took place. In 2013, the demos that had
been recorded after the departure of Arel and St. James - long thought to be lost - were were re-discovered. These demos, and subsequent writing by
the band as individuals, contained enough material, and then some, for a second album.
In mid-summer 2013, the band entered the studio to record their second album, which is slated for release in the first quarter of 2014.