First Listen: Stoned Fire


What do you get when you combine the looks of Sound Garden, a voice somewhere in between Pete Townshend and Steven Tyler, and a sound similar to Metallica if it got its start on the East coast?  

Obviously, you’re going to get some wild hair and enough leather jackets to make a PETA advocate cringe. But more impressively, you’ll get the New York City rock band Stoned Fire. Despite being a baby in the New York rock scene, Stoned Fire has already begun making a definite impression—starting simply with the group’s motto of “Once you hear us, you feel dirty, sexy, fun.” 

Founded in Brooklyn, Stoned Fire came together after seemingly countless auditions in the summer of 2009. The band consists of Peter Krsikapa (vocals), Gino DeGeso (guitar), Sean Battista (guitar), David Alva (bass), Georgios Pesios (keyboard), and Nate Honor (drums).

Stoned Fire pulls influences from legendary rock groups and mixes them with a distinctive style to help create classic rock vibes without an outdated sound. DeGeso prides himself on the group’s sound and style, stating, “Stoned Fire represents the NYC rock scene and is here to bring rock n’ roll back to what it once was.”

The group is currently in the studio working on their EP but they do have a sampling of their music available online if you can’t make it to any shows. A few things stand out after a first listen of their clips. For starters, Stoned Fire has talent. Not only do they convey the image of classic American rock stars, they also showcase a talented keyboardist and stellar harmonics, best exemplified in the track “Fool.” 

Stoned Fire also has a greater appeal to listeners. You don’t have to be a hard-core rock fan to appreciate the band’s sound. The vibe is more universal and it’s easy to see that some of their tracks are radio-friendly hits, like the song “Intuition.” Stoned Fire is currently hitting the airwaves around the city and already opened for groups like Hinder and My Darkest Days.

Stoned Fire has two upcoming shows worth checking out: December 14th at Don Hills (511 Greenwich Street) and one to kick off the new year on January 6th, 2011 at Crash Mansion (199 Bowery). 

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