Listeners of Saint Louis based alternative radio station 105.7 The Point know Greek Fire very well, even if not by name. Their breakout single, "Doesn't Matter Anyway", has been enjoying heavy rotation on the air since early 2011 and it has quickly become the band's defining track. They play it at a live show and instantly everyone knows that this is the group that has been all over their radios for several years. It is the song that has single-handedly brought in so many of the band's fans, who are greatly devoted to their music.
Recently, Greek Fire has been running a campaign that relies upon their fans for support of the monetary kind. They have opened up a project with the crowdfunding website for musicians, PledgeMusic, to fund the release of their second full-length album. The album, "LOST/FOUND", is currently in production; the PledgeMusic campaign, however, covers the first EP, which will be labeled "LOST".
With over two hundred pledges as of February 20th, the Greek Fire EP "LOST" is fully funded, but with nine days until the EP release, there are still opportunities to give money to the campaign. Higher pledges receive better rewards, including the inclusion of the pledger's name in the EP liner notes, music lessons via Skype, and a cameo in a Greek Fire music video.
Ten percent of total money pledged for funding "LOST" will be going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Greek Fire's drummer, Johnny Venus, recently announced that he has beat leukemia and is officially cancer free. The Greek Fire song "If This Is The End (The Sound Of Belief)" was written for Venus and others currently fighting cancer; because of the emotional background, the song is not often performed live.
PledgeMusic bills itself as "the most creative and interactive way for you to be part of your favorite artists journey in releasing new music". Greek Fire is currently not signed to any record label, a common trait among bands who rely on crowdfunding to put money into major releases. Other crowdfunding websites include Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
Greek Fire has been enjoying moderate success since the release of their first full-length album, "Deus Ex Machina", which officially dropped over two years ago. Their popularity seems to be primarily based in the Saint Louis area from which they hail, although their reach has expanded beyond the city as they open for bands such as Incubus, Eve 6, and the Gaslight Anthem, all nationally known acts.
It was when they opened for the Gaslight Anthem at the 2012 HoHo show at Pops in Sauget, Illinois, that Greek Fire announced the title of their second album and performed what would be the first single from said album, "A Real Life". The single was officially released for download and radio play the next year, followed by the album's second single, “Top of the World”.
Whether on Facebook or Twitter, it is obvious that Greek Fire cares a lot about their fan base and loves keeping in touch with the people who have been propelling them into fame. Now more than ever, Greek Fire is relying on the generosity of its growing fan base to further their music - and the fans are all too happy to lend a helping hand.