Greek Fire (band)
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Greek Fire performing at Pointfest 2015
|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri, US|
|Associated acts||Story of the Year, D.R.U.G.S., Maybe Today|
|Members||Philip "Moon Valjean" 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 has released a self-titled EP, a single titled "Doesn't Matter Anyway", on August 16, 2011, they released their debut, full-length album, Deus Ex Machina, and have recently announced a new addition to the Lost/Found EPs titled Broken set to be released before Found.
In May 2009, Phil Sneed and Ryan Phillips (both from Story of the Year) joined with Johnny Venus and Mark Joseph Roth (both from Maybe Today) to start 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.
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 titled "Dreaming in Deja Vu", "The Ride", and "Down In Mexico" which first appeared on MySpace.
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 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.
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.
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 a stripped-down version was released February 21, 2014.
The band later announced that the concept album would instead be released as 2 EPs 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 has declared himself cancer-free and has returned to touring with the band.
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.||”|
|2011||Deus Ex Machina||August 16, 2011||
||CD, Vinyl & 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"||
|2017||"Coming out of the Rain"||
- Johnso, Kevin C. (October 31, 2014). "Greek Fire is on 'Top of the World' with 'Big Hero 6' hit". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
- Tomas, Cathy (November 21, 2014). "Ask Cathy – 11/21/14". Bell-Phillip Television Productions. Retrieved December 1, 2014.