Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Mike Terrill of The Fires of Denmark
When Mike Terrill starts making music, he works…fast. In just the last five years, he’s been a part of over 100 projects/recordings. But on Relativity, the latest release from his project Fires of Denmark, Terrill took his time; unable to perform due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he locked himself in his studio and made sure every detail was perfect.
Born, raised, and still residing in Rochester, MN, Terrill has played every role possible in a small music scene on the up-and-up: fronting bands, backing other artists, recording, producing, mixing, booking and promoting shows…the list goes on. And though Med City lacks a large music industry presence, Terrill has scored wins that would be impressive on any musician’s resume: opening slots for national acts like Owl City, Dessa, and Caroline Smith, commercial music placements for brands like Caribou Coffee and Mayo Clinic, and even a song on an episode of This American Life.
But it’s in Fires of Denmark’s soundscapes where the musical jack-of-all trades feels most at home. On Relativity, due out in October of 2021, recorded during a week-long stay at the Frank Lloyd Wright house in Wisconsin, Terrill and his backing band The Technical Imperfections (comprising, amongst others, his life partner Sheila Terrill and BFF Nick Truxal) lay out a captivating sound. Driven by hypnotic beats and pulsating basslines, Relativity pairs the influence of Jonny Greenwood’s synthesizers and guitars with those LCD Soundsystem’s drum machines. Over the course of nine songs, the album delivers an eclectic listening experience, replete with analogue synth slow-jams, meditative piano chords, and festival-ready singalongs where Terrill’s reverb-soaked vocals ruminate on time’s relentless march forward.
With his best work yet in Relativity, Mike Terrill is ready to take Fires of Denmark as far as it will take him. And whether that path leads to a sold out release show at Rochester’s The Castle, slots at Lollapalooza and Coachella, or just a jam session in his basement, Mike Terrill will just keep on doing what he’s always done.