Greek Fire (band)
||This article possibly contains original research. (July 2011)|
|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri, USA|
|Genres||Progressive rock, alternative rock, post-hardcore|
|Associated acts||Story of the Year, D.R.U.G.S., Maybe Today|
|Members||Philip "Moon" Sneed
Mark Joseph Roth
Greek Fire is an American rock band from St. Louis, Missouri. The band was formed in 2008 by members of Story of the Year and Maybe Today. Since formation, Greek Fire have released a self-titled EP, a single entitled "Doesn't Matter Anyway", and on August 16, 2011, they released their debut, full-length album, "Deus Ex Machina".
In May 2009, Phil Sneed (of Story of the Year; who later took on the alias "Moon"), Ryan Phillips (also from Story of the Year), Johnny Venus (of Maybe Today), and Mark Joseph Roth (aka Gordon Host; of Maybe Today and The Too Silent Ghost) started performing as the band Greek Fire. While their first official show was on May 16, 2009, the band's short documentary posted on YouTube specifies that the band formed in 2008.
In their YouTube short documentary, lead singer Moon expresses the band's desire to be a part of the "next big step in where music takes us." Their video release on YouTube shows some background into why the band was formed: A frustration for the current state of music and an intense desire to create music for the entire world with complete artistic honesty and integrity.
Debut EP and "Doesn't Matter Anyway" (2009–10)
Greek Fire posted numerous demos (including some teaser clips) since forming, the oldest of which are their songs entitled "Dreaming in Deja Vu", "The Ride", and "Down In Mexico" which first appeared on MySpace. The band has since written a number of other songs which have been played exclusively live.
Greek Fire released a three song EP on November 19, 2010, while they continued to write and record music for a currently unreleased full-length album. Greek Fire went to the studio in late January 2011 to record. Greek Fire released "Doesn't Matter Anyway" to iTunes on March 10, 2011. "Doesn't Matter Anyway" has received considerable radio play in St. Louis on 105.7 ThePOINT, Sirius Satellite Radio, KSHE95, and in Chicago at Q101 since then.
Deus Ex Machina (2011–12)
Greek Fire played several live performances at venues throughout the midwest: Fubar Lounge, Pops Nightclub and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Saint Louis, MO (where they opened for Incubus (band) on August 20, 2011 and played in POINTFest in May and September 2011), as well as many other locations including Columbia, MO (where they opened for Good Charlotte), Toledo OH, Grand Rapids MI and Chicago IL where they opened for the band Madina Lake.
On August 1, 2011, Greek Fire announced that they would be releasing their independent debut album Deus Ex Machina on August 16, 2011, through many outlets, online and otherwise. The album includes 8 songs.
In support of Deus Ex Machina the band toured with Eve 6 and played Pointfest along with Megadeth, Incubus, P.O.D., Chevelle, HURT and more, and played Uproar with Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Thousand Foot Krutch and Adelitas Way.
Greek Fire began uploading acoustic sessions to their YouTube account. The sessions are unedited, single shot videos of the band performing unreleased material.
The band announced at the 2012 HoHo show that their next album will be entitled Lost/Found. The first single, "A Real Life" from the record was released March 12, 2013. The second single "Top Of The World" was released on December 2, 2013, and the stripped down version was released February 21, 2014.
The band later announced that the concept album would instead be released as 2 EP's called Lost and Found respectively. The Lost EP was released on May 13, 2014.
Johnny Venus illness
While touring in Japan in early 2012, Johnny Venus started to feel exhaustion. After the tour in Japan, Venus's exhaustion did not fade. When he returned home, he had some blood tests. Hours after the blood tests, Venus was admitted to the hospital with a diagnosis of Acute promyelocytic leukemia. Venus had no medical insurance. While he was recovering and receiving treatment, the band asked Story of the Year singer, Dan Marsala, to play drums with Greek Fire. Marsala did so for the months of June and July. Venus completed his first round of treatment in early August. On November 10, 2012, Venus made his official return to the group in a show at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is now officially cancer free and touring with the band again.
Greek Fire's musical style shifts slightly with every song. The band's primary style is rock music, specifically progressive rock, due to the band's emphasis on artistic expression. The lead singer's vocals lend towards a balance of both pop and rock-oriented music. Guitarist Ryan Phillips' leads are generally melodic and flamboyant, as opposed to overly ostentatious. Occasionally the band's sound resembles modern alternative rock and post-hardcore.
The band describes themselves this way:
|“||Greek Fire is a mission to capture the attention of a rock deprived generation. A mission to re-vitalize the spirit of rock music in all of its purity and greatness. A mission to create uplifting, soaring music for those who need it now more than ever. Greek Fire is composed of four young men from the planet Earth, each sharing an extreme passion for their respective instruments. Greek Fire is about purity and expression, poetry and mystery, the beauty of the journey. Faith in something greater, a quest into the unknown, a connection with the fire within. Embracing the power of words, the beauty of the guitar riff, the energy created through real rhythm, Greek Fire is a quest to resurrect the greatness of rock music for those who want something more. Natural melodies and rhythm with no cover ups, no pitch correction, no splicing and dicing it to perfection, just the spirit of that natural and attitude-filled first take. We invite you to the ride.||”|
- Current members
- Philip "Moon" Sneed - Lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar (2008-present, current rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist, and pianist of Story of the Year)
- Ryan Phillips - Lead guitar (2008-present, current lead guitarist of Story of the Year)
- Mark Joseph "Gordon Host" Roth - Bass guitar, backing vocals (2008-present, current bassist of Maybe Today, formerly of The Too Silent Ghost)
- Johnny Venus - Drums, percussion (2008-present, current drummer of Maybe Today)
- Touring Members
|2011||Deus Ex Machina||August 16, 2011||
||CD & Digital Download|
|2010||Greek Fire EP||November 19, 2010||
||Live shows only (CD)|
|2010||"Doesn't Matter Anyway"||
||Deus Ex Machina|
|2013||"A Real Life"||
|2013||"Top of the World"||