In 1991 Firehouse accepted the American Music Award as the Best New Hard Rock/Metal band, chosen over both Nirvana and Alice In Chains. Well in 1999, Firehouse continues to make "American Rock and Roll", forging ahead with their own signature style. Some of us may remember them as one of the many "Hair Bands" but if you've had a chance to listen to their latest album Category 5 you will realize they are much more than a cookie cutter image and sound. Talented, melodic, and a lot of fun, Firehouse epitomize American Rock music. Here's my interview with vocalist C.J. Snare.
I was able to see you guys live at a place called The Chance, in Poughkeepsie New York, a few months back. I really enjoyed the show.
Thanks a lot. We enjoyed it to. It was the fourth time we played there. The first time was very early in our career, we were just getting started back in 1991.
I've been listening to Category 5 and I think it definitely captures the bands talents individually and collectively. Do you think that Firehouse has been able to define yourselves and sort of develop your own signature sound?
Well I don't know (laughs). I think we are still trying to define ourselves as any artist would. Whatever you hear on a CD I think is just a reflection of what's going on around us. Be it in the music scene, in our lives, all those things are just little snapshots of moments or feelings when we wrote the songs. On the first record there were songs that we wrote in the late 80's and some that we wrote before going into the studio, and Category 5 is the same way. It's just kind of a reflection of where we were about a year and a half ago, trying different things, but the main thing with our music is that we are just a straight ahead American Rock and Roll band