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Fireflight's edgy rock to light up Richland

Fireflight has been called a post-grunge band. Not true, says Justin Fox, the band's guitarist. A better description for Fireflight's music might be Christian hard rock with an edge.

"I'm not sure how grunge got attached to our music but that is definitely the wrong way to describe our music," Fox said in a telephone interview this week. "Heavy music, yes, but not grunge."

You can sample a bit of that gritty sound when Fireflight stops in the Tri-Cities during its national tour Jan. 27 at Live @ The Lounge in Richland.

Fireflight is made up of Fox, Dawn Richardson on lead vocals, Wendy Drennen on bass, Glenn Drennen on guitar and Phee Shorb on drums. The quintet has been together for nine years and caught a recording break in 2004 when they were signed with Flicker Records. That association produced a debut album The Healing of Harms in 2006.

The group followed that album with Unbreakable in 2008, which climbed to No. 20 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart last March.

Fox said everyone in the band contributes to writing songs.

"We like our words to be easy to understand, straight forward and cover topics that are relevant to kids today," he said.

The band is based in Orlando, Fla., and tours extensively, which has its ups and downs, Fox said.

"We tour so much that sometimes it seems the only way we ever see any of the country is through the wind of a car," he said. "But it's fun to play in so many different places too."

Opening for Fireflight will be Rick Mugrage and Brazen Layver. Showtime is 7 p.m. The Lounge is located at Central United Protestant Church, 1124 Stevens Drive in Richland. Admission is $10 in advance or $13 at the door. For tickets, go to www.ticketswest.com or call 800-325-SEAT.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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