Group ends run with ‘Roman Candle Wars’
By Richard Davis
TFW Contributing Writer
The Christmas Fuller Project is releasing a new CD titled “Roman Candle Wars” just in time for the band to end.
The group — consisting of Tyler Ceola (keyboards), Brandon George (vocals, guitars), Cameron Heger (drums, percussion) and Aaron Hopwood (bass, vocals) — wrapped up a last performance at George’s Majestic Lounge on Tuesday. The group’s final show will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at Mama Carmen’s in Fayetteville.
“We’ve had a fun run as a band, but with everyone getting married and now with (bassist) Aaron Hopwood moving away to Portland, CFP is coming to an end,” Cameron wrote.
“Roman Candle Wars” has a very autobiographical feel with the songs seeming to describe actual moments in the band members’ lives, including a tribute to the 2009 ice apocalypse in Northwest Arkansas titled “Brothers of the Ice Storm.” The groups’ lyrics have a nice unpredictability in conjunction with pleasing harmonies and instrumental breaks that stray from a musical sidewalk into open territory.
Christmas Fuller Project began in 2005 and has been performing in the area since 2006. The group names their primary influences as Radiohead, Wilco, Sufjan Stevens, Death Cab for Cutie, The Arcade Fire, The Beatles, Sigur Ros and Spoon. Other works by Christmas Fuller Project include the 2006 demo “The Milkhouse EP,” another do-it-yourself project titled “The Philosophy of Time Travel” from 2007 and the studio-recorded “Green & Lonely EP” from 2009.