The Fiery Furnaces are a U.S. indie rock band formed in Brooklyn, New York, in 2000. They primarily consist of Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger. The brother and sister are originally from Oak Park, Illinois, a near-western suburb of Chicago. Their name is a reference to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the British poet William Blake, and is also found in the tale of Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel.
The inventive, often challengingly experimental rock band signed with the Rough Trade music label in 2002, and recorded their debut album, Gallowsbird's Bark, the same year. Released in the autumn of 2003, that album garnered critical praise for its clever wordplay and original songwriting and was often compared in the press to The White Stripes due to the garage blues elements of the bandâ€™s sound and the fact that the band are siblings (The White Stripes sometimes promote themselves as siblings, though they are not).
Matthew is primarily, though not completely, responsible for the band's songwriting and studio instrumentation, while Eleanor handles the majority of the vocal duties. Drummer Andy Knowles and bassist Toshi Yano both joined the b...