CITY OF FIRE, the band featuring Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), bassist Byron Stroud (FEAR FACTORY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD), guitarist Terry Murray, guitarist Ian White, and drummer Bob Wagner, is seeking funding for its second studio album through the fundraising web site PledgeMusic.com.
Commented the group: “We have been working on demos and produced some rough tracks. However, due to some circumstances beyond our control, it has come to a standstill.
“We heard about Pledge Music through a friend, and excited about the possibility of getting this record off the ground again.
“We want to make a full studio record on our own terms as we all have extensive music experience and think what we want to do musically is what our fans want to hear.
“Your pledge will help us get back into the studio and record the follow-up record to our 2010 debut. It will help us record a full CD, get artwork done, manufacture, secure distribution and tour dates.”
Recorded at renowned Factory Studios in Vancouver in late 2008 with additional material completed in April of this year, CITY OF FIRE‘s self-titled debut CD features fourteen songs, including remakes of THE CULT‘s “Rain” and T.REX‘s “Children Of The Revolution”. It also includes the band’s video for the song/single “Rising”. Bell said, “My friends, I am very excited about CITY OF FIRE. Byron and I are very proud of this recording. It is a fresh sound for this era of music. Literally there is nothing that sounds like this right now, and it is time that a hard rock, groove, psychedelic sound comes to your ears. The music is passionate and soulful. It is a mature record for our time, full of wisdom and soul of the ages. Please check the record out. You will not be disappointed.”
Discussing the album’s two unique remakes and the decision to include them, Stroud noted, “‘Rain’ really fits well with the concept of the record and the vibe of Vancouver, which really influenced CITY OF FIRE. I have been wanting to do a version of that song for a long time and once we started writing the record, I knew this was the band to do it.” Murray added, “aside from being a killer rock song, we chose ‘Children Of The Revolution’ because we felt the title was a relevant commentary on the climate of the world today. Kids have a lot to revolt about these days and hopefully this will be an anthem for it. We knew that Burt‘s voice could give this song a modern edge to it, and make it for this generation.”