The Alpha Fire has only existed for a few short months, but they have already made a big splash in the local music scene.
This weekend the band will play a loaded show in Waterloo, at FNA’s Rhythm and Booze. The show, which will double as a CD release party for The Alpha Fire’s new EP ‘Magnified’ will play host to five bands in all – as Major Crush, Sampere, Midnight Riderz and Terawatt join TAF on Saturday as doors open at 7 pm.
“The great thing about playing FNA’s in Waterloo is the quality of a show that can be put on,” explained Jon Lamanna, vocalist for The Alpha Fire. Bass player Jesse Maty, guitarist Naren Ananda, and drummer Zane Pointon create a unique sound, which is highlighted in their already-popular release ‘Trail of Tears’.
In an exclusive interview with FingerLakes1.com Lamanna talked about what it was like working with three bandmates in a new band. Before going on air, Lamanna said, “Aside from Jesse [Maty] I hadn’t worked with any of the Alpha Fire guys until we started working on music together. We bring a lot of different things to the table, which is where our unique voice comes from.”
Maty and Lamanna had previously been a part of the project Cry to the Blind, which rose to national recognition in part due to a cover of Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’. While Cry to the Blind doesn’t exist today, Lamanna said that he enjoys working with his new bandmates because of the varying sounds that they collectively create as a unit.
Lamanna talked about the lengthy process to create this latest EP, and even discussed what it was like being a part of a music video that was shot at the former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus. That video, which Lamanna said “was the most-fun I ever had doing anything music-related,” has received great feedback from the band’s extensive fan base.
Lamanna also shared his thoughts on the music industry as a whole – talking about what it’s been like watching the streaming model for music take off. “It’s obviously better for the musician if people buy music, but we’re out here trying to share our music with others,” Lamanna explained.