Last year at ShockwaveFest at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, Maryland, I got the chance to see a band called Ignite The Fire perform, and wanted to do a little interview with them. Life got in the way and I couldn’t get around to doing it until they were one of the opening bands for Art of Dying’s kickoff tour in late summer this year. The band opens for some major acts in and around the MD, VA, PA, and DE corridors: Pop Evil, Art of Dying, Like A Storm, and Saving Abel just to name a few. Out of Taneytown, Maryland, the band, singer Jack Gurecki, guitarists Mark Quinn and Michael Nelson, and drummer Calelan Gregory have a very unique hard sound to them. Think Alterbridge meets Shinedown. Don’t believe me? Take a listen to “Over It” and tell me that song doesn’t rock. So right after their show in the summer I sat down with these rockers to talk music. Here’s that interview.
Shockwave Magazine: Tell me a little about you guys. Where are you from? How long have you been around?
Ignite The Fire: We are from Taneytown, Maryland and we will have been together now five years this December. We put out an EP in 2012 and recently released a new single called “Over It” in June. We have a new song coming out in September and we are looking to get a new EP out by the beginning of next year.
Your original music. Who does the writing, or do you all have a say?
To be honest, all of us have a say in anything we do. Somebody will just bring a riff that they think is good for the band and then we will keep what we like, we fix and mess around with it, we file it down and carve it up, and make it a beautiful piece to come out and play live for our fans.
Is there a due date for the EP?
Right now, somewhere around January is our plan. We have a brand new single coming out in September (that single since this interview is a song called “Breathe”) and then we’re back in the studio from there. We’re just looking to try to put out that song leading up to the release. The newest song is called “Breathe” which we did play tonight.
Tell me a little about the new song.
It’s an interesting song going into the studio. we kind of do a genre around struggling and abuse, whether it be about addiction and all those things. “Breathe” is sort of an abuse song and breaking free from that knowing that you can grow and learn from it and overcome it and not let it control you. We have a lot more material we are looking to release come the new year and we are really excited about that.
That’s my next question. What is 2017 going to bring for you guys?
Playing a lot more shows and getting that EP out are going to be our priorities for next year, and we will just go from there day by day.
Have you ever thought about a full length album? Is that in the works?
It’s interesting because with the changing landscape of the music industry these days it’s really hard to grab the attention of a lot of your new and up and coming music listeners, so often times you will put out an album and they will listen to it once through and go ‘What else you got?’ so that’s why we are really looking to try to just put out timely releases leading up to that big release. So “Over It” was in June and now “Breathe” will be coming out soon, and then we will put something out hopefully before the new year after that. We just want to keep the interest up, feed them a little bit at a time sort of thing. I think eventually it will come to a full length LP. Plus we need to get the money for something like that. That’s always a factor. EPs are a great way to bridge gaps in between full length albums also. I like the idea of putting out a five or six song EP every six months or so instead of a full length album every six years.
What do you give us, as fans, that no other rock band can?
A lot of people when they listen to the music and see us live think they expect a metal band straight up because yes, we are harder than most. I wouldn’t say edgier, but definitely harder. Then they hear his (lead singer Gurecki) voice and hear harmony and didn’t expect that. We also bring a lot of energy to our shows and keep the crowd entertained. If we’re having fun, they’re having fun and we just want to give our all out on stage. We also bring a message to anyone who is suffering or in pain somehow, that is going through a really bad moment in their life, a reminder that there is someone else out there going through the same issues. The more we can connect with those type of people at our shows, the more energy we can draw from them to show them we do care and they are not alone.
Ignite The Fire have two more live shows in 2016 as this article is being published. Check them out if you haven’t already. You will definitely not be disappointed in their live show. That’s a guarantee.
December 2 at The V Spot in Scranton, PA December 9 at Bo’s in Millsboro, DE