Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with vocalist Jonathan Lamanna from the Syracuse based hard rock band The Alpha Fire.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
LAMANNA: It’s funny, because we don’t really ever talk about sounding like or being influenced by a certain band. As a vocalist, I always was very inspired by Layne Staley, Chris Cornell, Brandon Boyd, guys with big range like that. Guitar wise I would say Pantera had some influence on Naren [Ananda] for sure. As far as bands we have been compared to, it’s usually a heavier version of Muse or Incubus. I think we have alot of parts that sound like The Police myself, so it’s really hard to actually answer that question. LOL
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
LAMANNA: Our latest release is our debut full length album “Embers”. Honestly, Embers has something for EVERYONE. We take great pride in being extremely diverse as a band, and Embers shows that diversity. There’s some dark heavy material, some rock stuff, and some stuff that leaves alternative/top 40/pop. We just write what we are feeling, we don’t care to worry about genres or labels.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
LAMANNA: Energy. Passion. Feeling. We take great pride in our live shows, and we make sure that we sound better than the record when we play live. It’s always so disappointing to see a band live who can’t pull it off. We are always ready to deliver.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
LAMANNA: Hopefully either developing a large dedicated fanbase on our own, or with a record label that makes sense for us. We aspire to tour more, to make lots more music, and to be lifelong friends, so really and truthfully, the sky is the limit.