Delaware band Fiancé ready for Firefly

Fiancé,set to play at Firefly this afternoon, includes, from left, Jeff Marvel, Sam Nobles, Tyler Yoder, Brian Bruce and Andrew Fusca. (Submitted photo)

Fiancé,set to play at Firefly this afternoon, includes, from left, Jeff Marvel, Sam Nobles, Tyler Yoder, Brian Bruce and Andrew Fusca. (Submitted photo)

DOVER — They’re all between 24 and 25, and working odd jobs around northern Delaware.

Today, job No. 1 is entertaining the masses at the Firefly Music Festival.

Fiancé is set to play at 12:45 p.m. on the Forest Stage, and that’s fine with them.

“It’s perfect, people want to get up and out of their campsite and we will start their mornings off right,” drummer Brian Bruce said by email.

The group said its 45 minutes will include “pools of drool and blown minds” and it’s a perfect amount of performance to get rolling.

As a group playing Firefly, Fiancé said, “It is very exciting to finally playing a show that we can show to our family and friends all the hard work we have been putting into this project.”

The live aspect of Firefly is an inspiration in itself, according to members.

“It’s so nice to play in front of an audience and to have that connection with everyone in the band while we are playing live,” Mr. Yoder said.

The group once played a big show at a club in London, but said Firefly will be its largest area show.

Andrew Fusca (vocals/guitar/producer), Tyler Yoder (bass) and Jeff Marvel (lead guitar) all grew up in the Middletown area, while Mr. Bruce and Sam Nobles (synth/guitar) grew up in northern Delaware. Photographer Nichole Fusca is considered the sixth member of the band, which has been playing together for several months in the Newark area.

The Middletown members began playing together in middle school, while Mr. Bruce and Mr. Nobles began at about the same time in their home territory. They came together in Newark due to a mutual respect for taste in music and past projects, members said.

These days, the group plays mostly in the Newark and Wilmington areas, performing songs written by members.

Said Mr. Fusca, “We generally build songs from the ground up, making different alterations until the song feels right.”

Joking first that performing at the same event on the same day as Paul McCartney was not a big deal, the group fessed up with “it’s a huge deal.”

Their style doesn’t resemble any band before it or fit into any musical style, Fiancé believes. The band plans to release an album in late 2015.

As a group, Fiancé described its mix of personalities as “sarcastic” and it’s name coming from a nod to simplicity.

Through the process leading up to today’s performance, the band said Firefly officials were very kind and understanding to work with. Most of the members have attended Firefly before, they said.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at

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