smoke or fire started playing music in the late 90’s in boston. back then they called themselves jericho. but apparently there’s a christian band with the same name, so jericho (the punk band) became jericho RVA for richmond, virginia…the bands new home.
the band changed names to smoke or fire and released a terrific debut album called above the city. they followed that record with the sinking ship and now this month’s the speakeasy.
definitely a fun band. i can’t decide who they remind me of, but that might be because they sound pretty unique. maybe a little against me or possibly the loved ones? what i dig is that even though the music is fast and aggressive, it’s obvious how much they enjoy melody. subtle political messages, noisy guitars cranked way up, a bit of a snarling lead singer… but somehow it all works.
click and check out “1968” from the speakeasy. enjoy.