EMQ’s With PYRE FYRE
Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with New Jersey, USA based Heavy Psychedelic band, Pyre Fyre. Huge thanks to their Guitarist, Dan, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’m Dan and I play guitar in Pyre Fyre. Mike the drummer and I met through the musicians’ classifieds and we started as a two piece (no bass). We now have Andy on bass and we are much heavier.
How did you come up with your band name?
Mike came up with it. It’s a silly name but it rolls off the tongue nicely. I’ve noticed people with usernames on Reddit that were created in the same spirit. We wanted to capture the energy of nerd-dom and fantasy and all that great stuff.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Northern NJ, right outside NYC and there’s definitely a bigger Indie Rock scene than there is a Metal one. We are friends with some other Doom and Psych bands in the area. It can be tough but we do gig.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is a double single ‘Rinky Dink City / Slow Cookin’’
Who have been your greatest influences?
Sleep, Melvins, Blue Cheer, Cream, Slayer, Black Cobra, Ween, Fear, QOTSA
What first got you into music?
I grew up in the Alternative era and there was a lot of great rock music on the radio.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Probably Matt Pike.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Bonnaroo – I like the variety of bands at this festival.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A lite beer.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for sticking with us. We hope to make you chuckle. We aim to make exciting new heavy psych music that doesn’t sound exactly like every other band!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love writing. I enjoy listening to my own tunes. Playing live is great. I hate maintaining my equipment.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Oh boy. So many things. I wish there wasn’t such a push for quantity over quality. If Pyre Fyre starts disliking a jam, we usually cut it.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Cream – “Disraeli Gears”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We played an inline skating event and people were skating while we played. Pretty cool.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Writing in some capacity. Maybe hating life a little bit more.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Again I’d like to chill with Matt Pike. Maybe get him, King Buzzo, Wata from Boris, Josh Homme and Jack White together. We could all talk guitar and laugh and have a jolly old time.
What’s next for the band?
Some shows. In May we will start recording our debut EP, which we hope to release before the end of the year.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We’re on Instagram, YouTube and Bandcamp. We really aren’t active on Facebook.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
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