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FATE UNDER FIRE new track ‘Flicker’ is out now

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Fate Under Fire (David James) is about to reveal his dark side with the powerfully emotive new track ‘Flicker’. Slated for release on May 14th, ‘Flicker’ contracts the usual upbeat and hopeful persona that shines through in previous releases. This is Fate Under Fire at his most authentic as he embraces his biggest tragedy through every tear during recording.


Fate Under Fire reflects on what ‘Flicker’ means to him and the songwriting process:


“Flicker is a song that fully embraces the sorrow of  losing a loved one with dark fantasies of doing what it takes to be with them again, even if it’s just a glimpse.”


“I started on my baby grand in the living room at night. The moon was shining through the French doors. I had my laptop in front of me. I started playing some chords and it all just hit me. What this song was about, how I’ve been needing to let this out. Like many songs, I ended up just getting the chord progression lyrics and melody figured out.  I couldn’t hold it together at the piano or really any other part of the process. I fleshed out the production on it and was actually fighting ugly sobbing while tracking the lead vocal track.  I knew I got the right song for myself at least, since I could barely get through it without breaking down each time.” 

Fate Under Fire started as a promise. Growing up, David James was told by his single mother to do what you love. This echoed through him and followed his childhood as he transitioned in bands from drummer, guitarist, to songwriter and producer, and graduating SFSU only to bid his mom her final farewell after battling cancer. Feeling his mother die within his arms after praying for 4 agonizing hours on top of her, after years of hope, scarred him deeper than anything else ever could. 

Throughout the years, releasing 2 EP’s, multiple tours, cover videos, and self produced songs and music videos, FUF has seen extensive success between winning MTVu’s Freshman Five competition and songs getting picked up left and right for television including the theme song for NBC’s TODAY SHOW and getting best song of 2018 (La La Love) in Music Connection Magazine. Most recently writing the theme package for The Drew Barrymore Show the only new syndicated show from a major network in 2020 due to Covid, FUF also has a full length album simmering to drop.


Life is what you make of it, which is what this project is all about to David. Originating from Sacramento, and now with roots also established in Nashville, there is no stopping for this alternative indie pop artist.


‘Flicker’ will be available from May 14th


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