by BBG

Smoke or Fire (photo by Katie Hovland)
Smoke or Fire

Much like The Hold Steady, Against Me or The Gaslight Anthem, Richmond's Smoke or Fire revel in the hard-rockin' melodicism of Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, and Americana that isn't readily apparent in "punk". Its a tough line to walk but they do it well, while sawing out driving punk that wouldn't feel that out of place in their bassist Gwomper's former project, Avail.

Smoke or Fire will welcome their new LP The Speakeasy on November 9th, via Fat Wreck Chords. The Speakeasy marks new territory for the crew; new drummer Ryan Parrish of Darkest Hour was recently welcomed into the fold (a seat that was once held by Dave of From Ashes Rise) and the LP marks Gwomper's writing/recording debut with Joe McMahon & crew. Check out the new track "Neon Light" available above.

Smoke or Fire will appear with Flatiners and Cobra Skulls twice in NYC for CMJ, and on the same day (10/23). Generation Records will host the trio of bands at 2PM, and later they'll all play the sold-out Fat Wreck Chords CMJ Showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Me First & The Gimme Gimmes, None More Black, and Dead To Me. Full tour dates, show flyer, and some video of Smoke or Fire is below.

Smoke or Fire Flyer

Smoke or Fire - California's Burning at SXSW 2010

Smoke or Fire - The Patty Hearst Syndrome at SXSW 2010

Oct 18 PA's Lounge w/ Dan Webb and The Spiders, Late Nite Wars Boston, MA
Oct 18 PA's Lounge w/ Dan Webb and The Spiders, Late Nite Wars Boston, MA
Oct 23 Generation Records *EARLY SHOW* w/ Flatliners, Cobra Skulls New York, NY
Oct 23 Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, None More Black, Dead To Me and more Brooklyn, NY
Oct 24 VIBE Lounge Rockville, NY
Oct 25 The Black Cat w/ Strike Anywhere, Beasts Of No Nation Washington, D.C., Washington
Oct 26 The Fire Philadelphia, PA
Oct 27 Motorco Music Hall Durham, NC
Oct 28 Drunken Unicorn Atlanta, GA
Oct 30 The Venue w/ Me First, Dead To Me, Banner Pilot, Paint It Black Gainesville, FL
Nov 1 Lomax Lodge Jacksonville, FL
Nov 3 Oasis Charleston, SC
Nov 4 Drink Bar Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov 7 The Camel w/ Frank Turner Richmond, VA

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