The Small Cities formed in 2007 in the Twin Cities. They released their self-titled EP in 2008, which cracked the CMJ top 200 and saw the band opening for the likes of The Besnard Lakes and Ladyhawk. Their first full-length, With Fire was produced and mixed by BMoen of Peter Wolfcrier, and is a more brash affair. Layers of reverb have been stripped away in favor of a more direct, immediate sound. Often meditating on youthful rebellion, the discovery of love, and the pains of grief and regret, With Fire covers a wide musical territory while always remaining melodically direct and engaging.