Every once in a while a group of musicians come together that make an immediate impact on the music scene. Before the fire is that band. Formed in early 2013 in just six short months they have amassed a very dedicated following. Composed of highly talented musicians from the S.W Florida region Before the Fire consists of members of the some of the areas most successful local bands. Heading the band is front man Joshua Poullion, formerly of The Chaos Agent, a band that enjoyed multiple national tours before disbanding in 2012. Josh brings an infectious energy to the stage that immediately draws you in. Handling guitar duties are Kit Garcia and Andrew Ziemba, whose different styles bring a unique vibe to the music. Kit got his start in the music scene with band Day Minus 7, and also joined the ranks of the Chaos Agent in time to embark on multiple national tours with the band. Andrew, also a former member of The Chaos Agent, and it’s former incarnation Hellpass, cut his teeth with Across Culture, a band who just last year won best new band at the Spot Magazine Awards. The heartbeat of the band is definitely the tight knit rhythm section made up of Russ Richey and Matt Anastasi, playing bass and drums respectively. Russ brings a distinctive groove to the band with multiple playing styles at his disposal, that and along with his deep knowledge of music theory, he is an integral part of the overall sound of the band, and it’s writing process.
Before the Fire actually got started as a side project with ex Across Culture member Andrew and Michael Manzi getting together in their spare time. The “side project” turned out to be too good to only devote spare time to, that they made the decision to turn the project into a full time gig. With help from the area’s word of mouth they found Russ to fill out the bass responsibilities. All that was left was finding a front man. They held try outs finding no one they considered to be the right fit. Josh came into the picture in a way that Andrew considered could have only been fate, after not finding anyone through the exhausting singer tryouts, a random late night phone call from Josh that Andrew almost ignored began the discussion of Josh fronting the band. From the first rehearsal it was clear Josh completed the group. The band contacted Lisa from Spot magazine after learning slots for the Ink Life Tour, a national Tattoo and Music convention had become Available. After hearing of the stellar lineup, Lisa gave Before the Fire the opportunity to debut at the show, opening for the several national acts featured on the tour.
Shortly after the Ink Life Tour and a couple more national act-supporting gigs, lead guitarist Michael Manzi made the tough decision to leave the group to make himself more available to his family. It was then the multi talented Rob Zotter offered his services to help keep the dual guitar sound true to what Before the Fire fans came to love, but due to his responsibilities to other projects the search for a permanent guitar player continued. Enter Kit Garcia, after several long conversations with Andrew about possibly joining the band, and having been in The Chaos Agent with Josh, bringing him in seemed like a natural step, he hit the ground running and completed the 5 piece.
Now adding to the mix is their Drummer Matt Anastasi, who has drummed for artists such as Blackfoot, Day Minus Seven and Fellowbliss. [+]