Laini and the Wildfire is a piano-fronted pop rock band with lots of sass and a little soul from New Haven, CT. Since 2016, the band has been actively releasing music and performing at venues and festivals throughout the east coast. Their latest single "Hold On To Your Soul" is a feel-good soulful jam that channels the eclectic musical blend of artists like Lake Street Dive and Grace Potter. The song marks the re-emergence of the group with a message about understanding the value in being who you are at your core without compromise, and sets the tone for future releases.
In November 2017, Laini and the Wildfire released their first full length album, Wandering, which awarded them the title of “Best Pop Band 2017” by Indie Voice Blog, as well as numerous write-ups from press outlets including The Hartford Courant, CD Baby, The Big Takeover, and Indie Spoonful (view "Press" for more info). They have steadily gained recognition for their energetic and engaging performances and some performance highlights include: Sailfest (New London, CT), Riverfront Music Revival (Shelton, CT) and Conserfest (Block Island, RI). Laini and the Wildfire plans to release several singles into early 2022, before releasing a full collection of new songs later in the year.
Band Members: Laini Marenick (vocals and keys), Mark Marenick (guitar/back up vocals), Rob Siraco (drums/back up vocals), Will Talamelli (bass)
"Wandering’ is a stand-out album...Each song has potential to stand alone as a top-notch single, leaving listeners with plenty of memorable tunes that will be stuck in their head" - Indie Spoonful
"...the bouncy stand out "Copilot", buoyant "All the Love in the World," and boppy "Thunder" are like long lost Motown singles by Martha Reeves or Mary Wells..enhanced by palatial, modern rock-era production and Marenick's Aretha Franklin-forceful, rafters-ascending roar..." - The Big Takeover Magazine
"The band plays anthemic, piano-centered rock songs: ballads and bangers with strong melodies, limber grooves, and mercurial chord changes. The Fiona Apple outsider-vibe is strong, and the absence of guitar is refreshing. You sense they stumbled onto a group person and a formula that works for them and for their audience" - Mike Hamad (The Hartford Courant)
"With swells of elegant rhythms and powerhouse performances, they're a band to fall for" - Artist Spotlight The Music Mermaid
"Truly one of the best [albums] of 2017. Run, don't walk and get this one!" - Indie Voice Blog
"Laini's strong and strident voice bears comparisons to the likes of Adele and Florence Welch, and has more than a touch of 60s soul to it" - Essentially Pop
"She's on fire" - Feature in Take Magazine
"From the first moments of ["Wandering"] you feel [Laini's] voice in your soul" - Indie Music Home