We Start Fires

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We Start Fires
Origin Darlington, England
Genres New wave, pop punk
Years active 2002–2008
Labels Hot Noise Records (UK)
51 Records (Japan)
Members Becky Stefani
Melissa Marx
Ashley Wade
Nikki Vaughan

We Start Fires were a female-fronted punk-pop rock 'n' roll band formed in Darlington in 2002. They consist of Becky Stefani (vocals and guitar), Melissa Marx (synths and vocals), Nikki Vaughan (bass and vocals), and Becky's younger brother Ashley Wade (drums).

Their first limited edition single, "Strut", received radio airplay from Zane Lowe, Rob Da Bank, Steve Lamacq, Marc Riley and John Kennedy.[1] John Peel mentioned them in his book Margrave Of The Marshes.[2]

They performed at SXSW, for which they were filmed as the subjects of a documentary film later shown on the BBC's The Culture Show.[2][3]




  • "Strut" (Marquis Cha Cha Records) – August 2005
  • "Hot Metal" (Marquis Cha Cha Records) – January 2006
  • "Magazine" (Hot Noise Records) – 28 May 2007
  • "Play You" (Hot Noise Records) – 20 August 2007
  • "Let's Get Our Hands Dirty" (Hot Noise Records) – 22 October 2007

Compilation contributions[edit]

  • "Hot Metal" - What We All Want (Dance To The Radio Records) – 27 February 2006


  1. ^ "BBC - Tees - BBC Introducing - We Start Fires". BBC. 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b Paul Lester (2007-08-10). "New band of the day - No 162: We Start Fires". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  3. ^ "We Start Fires". Dance To The Radio. Retrieved 2011-12-11.