The versatility that alternative rock/pop outfit, Pioneer Fires, harbor lends their sound to maximum accessibility. With ease, Pioneer Fires’ ringleader, Palmer Dill, can transition from a solo, acoustic act to a minimalistic acoustic-pop duo (thanks to the addition of Carissa McKinney), and, if Pioneer Fires feel saucy, into a full-fledge, big-sound rock band. Versatility is the name of the game, but without the hooks, the kids will not come back (no matter what form your band takes). Do not fret, however, for Pioneer Fires have plenty of those as well. Go ahead…enjoy Pioneer Fires in any form they may appear.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Palmer Dill (lead vox, acoustic guitar, some percussion)
Carissa McKinney (lead vox, cello, piano, guitar)
Nate Cook (drums, and mustache wearing)
(Sometimes) Evan Andree (electric guitar)
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
Palmer is from the small town of Central, South Carolina, and Carissa is from Seneca S.C.
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
The band was born out of a need for community. I did not want to do the whole singer-songwriter, man and a guitar thing so I asked Carissa to play with me. Music takes on such a different dynamic when it’s done together and when there are multiple people creating. Nate, Carissa, and Evan were all my dream musical choices and I’m just lucky they enjoyed the songs!
Why should people listen to your band?
Well, these are songs that can be lived to. They can really fit any mood of the day. On top of that, the songs are just honest and heartfelt. These songs can hopefully become like old friends to people!
How have you grown since you started?
Well the band is really only 4 months old so not a lot, but I do think we are just truly grateful for the support we have gotten so far!
What sets you apart from other bands?
Well, everyone in our band can play multiple different instruments and can lead songs on different instruments. Also the band can perform as a solo act, a duo with acoustic guitar and cello, a trio with adding in a stripped down drum kit, then full on Americana rock and roll 5-piece.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
We are laid back people who work hard for each other. We truly get along with each other which makes traveling, loading-in, selling merch, and all the non-stage time stuff fun. Also, we all wear a lot of denim which is fun, right?
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Dawes, Ryan Adams, City and Colour, The Lone Bellow, Band of Horses, and Lord Huron. Some older artists would be the Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash and Young.
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
Well, we just recently released our first EP which was a huge blessing. Kyle Schumacher really stepped up and did a great job recording, mixing, and mastering. We really just hope to steadily increase the shows we play and get to writing a full length as soon as we can.