Hailing from all corners of the globe, A.J. Channer (vocals), Chris Mardis (vocals), Jameson Teat (guitar), Drew Walker (guitar), Bonner Baker (bass), and Richard Wicander (drums) are bringing a full spectrum of musical influences to the metal that they play. From rap to metalcore, Fire From the Gods blends elements from all genres in a cohesive mix of hard driving metal music.
Music is like a box of chocolates. The culturally diverse backgrounds of the band members afford Fire From the Gods an ability to leverage their collective talents into one united sound for their music. Each song is decidedly different, but no less compelling to listeners worldwide. Wicander says, “Being able to see or know, for me, what my friends and kids in Germany are listening to helps me when I am writing to put that into perspective of not just what’s cool in Austin, or cool in L.A., or New York, but putting all those influences together.” The end result gives Fire From the Gods a global appeal. A fan in Europe may love the EP Politically Incorrect for one reason, while a kid in Canada will be drawn to it for completely opposite motives. However, both fans connect to the music. Band members use their vast experience to bring the music the life, and the only culture clashes within the band are deciding which soccer team to cheer for.
To sign or not to sign. Fire From the Gods is currently not signed to a record label, but they are headlining the Headbang for the Highway Alumni Tour. Chosen from hundreds of bands, they believe the program is a chance to network with industry professionals and other musicians. The tour is a great opportunity to connect to fans and artists. In fact, four members of Fire From the Gods met at a previous tour sponsored by the program. The decision to sign (or not to sign) with a record label is not taken lightly and being a DIY band has advantages. Channer would like to learn more about the production side of music. He explains, “Now, in this day and age, with technology the way it is, you’ve got the ‘band-in-the-box’. Being a live, touring musician, and a working musician can compound that with being able to use technology to have a really unstoppable product.” Unsigned often translates to more creative control, but Channer maintains that an artist’s potential and credentials can convince record label executives to relinquish control back to the musicians.
Look beyond what you see. For many people, happiness is as elusive as unicorns. We go to such lengths to find joy and often must settle for less than we desire. Lyrics from the song, “Smoke Screen” implore “You’ve tricked yourself/Dismissed yourself/Please be real/Don’t kid yourself” in a compelling call to action in the quest to find true bliss. The message, that you do not have to settle for good when you can have the best, is clear and applicable to any situation. From your dream job to your soulmate, it is essential to keeping pushing forward until you get where you want to be.
Fire From The Gods’ live performance is one show you do not want to miss, because they create an atmosphere of kindred spirits. The constant movement on stage is high energy, designed to have listeners moving along with them. Dual vocals by Channer and Mardis add varied ranges and pitches that give the songs depth and fullness. The breakdowns are powerful and transition each part, building and waning with the lyrics. Fire From the Gods will finish the current tour and are busy working on new music for the metal lover in all of us.