Artist Profile: Blooming Fire
Last spring I made my way to a little-known desert music festival, Suspended in a Sunbeam, drawn by the promise of discovering new producers and bands eager to to take to an intimate stage. While soaking up bass at the main stage, I caught snippets of a much funkier, jammier bass from across the sand. I quickly followed the sounds to what would become my new favorite festival band, Blooming Fire. My first impression was of a band as an eclectic tangle of symbiotic talent. Blooming Fire was on one of their mind-bending riffs — part Americana jam, part Latin funk, and part hip-hop — while lead singer, Sierra Madre, popped into a perfect headstand punctuated by upside-down rockstar kicks.
A month later, I had a chance to sit down with them all over tea before their set at Lucidity Festival. The first thing that struck me is that while many bands claim to be “like family,” Blooming Fire truly feels like a set of long-lost siblings. Sierra Madre’s real life little brother, Kidd Flip, joined her from Ohio to Los Angeles to layer freestyle rhymes onto their sounds, but when interacting with them as co-creators, he comes across as one more sibling. The rest of the band consists of Daniel Meneses on guitar, keyboardist Dryden Van Cleave, Robby Coe on drums, and Steve Berrelleza on bass guitar. Not to be left out is legendary guitarist and producer Kraig Tyler, aka, Liquid Giraffe, who captured the kind of trance-driven whomp that melds perfectly at conscious festivals.