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. It currently consists of lead vocalist, pianist, and rhythm guitarist, Philip "Moon" Sneed; lead guitarist, Ryan Phillips; bass guitarist and backing vocalist, Mark Joseph Roth; and drummer and percussionist, Johnny Venus.
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
Formation (2008-2009) Edit
In May 2009, Phil Sneed and Ryan Phillips, members of Story of the Year, joined Johnny Venus and Mark Joseph Roth, members of Maybe Today, to form 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) Edit
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.
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) Edit
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.
Lost/Found (2012–present) Edit
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.
James Gunn, a St. Louis native, planned to feature the band in the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy, but ultimately decided to stay with a mix of 1970's music.
In September 2014, "Top Of The World" was featured in a commercial spot for Disney's Big Hero 6, while "A Real Life" was featured in a November episode of The Bold and the Beautiful.
Greek Fire Bio Edit
A rock band should provoke thought, feeling, and passion. In many ways, it’s a rather big part of the job. Greek Fire definitely take that aspect of making music very seriously. On their EP series LOST and FOUND, the St. Louis quartet—Philip “Moon” Sneed [vocals], Ryan Phillips [guitar], Mark Joseph Roth [bass], and Johnny Venus [drums]—open up like never before.
“We want to be provocative,” Moon explains. “We want to stir up emotions and push creative boundaries. The EP is a statement. This is who we are.”
After tirelessly touring behind their 2011 full-length debut Deus Ex Machina, the band members devoted their attention to crafting what would eventually become LOST and FOUND. At the top of 2012, they packed a van and drove across the country to John Feldman’s studio in Los Angeles. They cut three tracks in the course of just a few days with the producer and longtime friend. At that point, the vision began to crystallize.
“While I was writing, I was going through some pretty intense personal experiences along with the people around me,” the frontman admits. “The deeper and harder life became, the need to change amplified. I was in the middle of two concepts. There was a very LOST feeling and this desire to find peace in my life and career. At the same time, I was getting everything out in a cathartic manner and relieving myself of some of the negativity. It made sense to have two poles and create a split concept record of LOST and FOUND.”
Amongst those intense experiences, Johnny became diagnosed with leukemia. He began undergoing chemotherapy with his brothers at his side back home.
“The music played a huge part in my recovery,” Johnny says. “It was the end goal. I had something to look forward to. I basically thought, ‘I’m not done yet. This leukemia is just a hurdle I need to get over.’ It was an instrumental part, pun intended, of reaching the finish line.”
“This dude was a total badass in the hospital,” Moon adds. “He was getting full-blown chemo, and he asked me how the band was when I went to visit him. It made all of us more grateful for the small things. Now, watching him play every night after fighting for his life is truly incredible.” With Johnny thankfully in remission, the group soldiered on. Turning to PledgeMusic, they launched a successful campaign to fund both the making of LOST and the vinyl reissue of Deus Ex Machina. After additional sessions with Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Slash, Incubus] and Matthew Amelung, 2014 saw them release the EP independently preceded by the single “Top of the World.”
In addition to syncs for Gatorade, GMC, NCAA March Madness, and more, “Top of the World” fueled the trailer for Disney and Marvel’s animated epic Big Hero 6—which became the #1 film in North America upon release. As a result, Greek Fire immediately vaulted into the pop culture consciousness in a big way. The track’s uplifting and empowering refrain, robust guitars, and stadium-size beats evince one side of LOST. “It’s super personal,” Moon exclaims. “It’s an extremely important song. It’s very historic on a lot of different levels for our band and for us individually. It can mean so many different things, and that’s what I really love about it.”
“We want as many people to hear Greek Fire as possible because we fucking believe in it and love what we’re doing,” Ryan goes on. “The fact that Disney and the filmmakers fell in love with a song from a relatively unknown independent band is a testament to the power of the song- as ever so often these syncs go to whoever is topping the charts.” On the other end of the spectrum, the EP opener “A Real Life” unleashes a torrent of emotion over buzzing guitars and pummeling percussion. “It’s very specific about where technology has taken us in life, the music industry, personal situations, and all that,” Moon reveals. “I was angry in the moment, and it reflects that.” Greek Fire also recorded their own take on David Bowie and Trent Reznor’s epic collaboration “I’m Afraid of Americans” with Moon and Anberlin singer Stephen Christian trading intense and infectious verses.
“It felt right,” Ryan continues. “I find the process of creating to be sacred so I was a little hesitant to do a cover at first. Once we got in the studio though, it made sense, and it became one of my favorite things we’ve ever done. I’m super pumped we did it.” Along the way, Greek Fire have built a fervent fan base of their own. Under the auspices of doing something a little different, Story of the Year’s Moon and Ryan first joined forces with Mark and Johnny of Maybe Today in 2008. Along the way, they’ve headlined tours all over the world. They’ve also enjoyed successful runs on the Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar UPROAR Festival, and more as well as appearances at Rock on the Range and Summerfest. In the end, Greek Fire collectively aim for one thing. “We want people to feel energy whether they’re listening to a record or watching us live,” concludes Moon. “It can be sad, nervous, or hyped up, but we want everything to be relatable. Every song means something. We want to communicate that feeling.”