Greek Fire Releases New “True Colors” Music Video
The St. Louis band offers a self-empowering message with their bold take on the single made famous by Cyndi Lauper and Phil Collins
(ST. LOUIS, MO) - 10.3.2019 - Alt-rock group Greek Fire has released their powerful new music video for “True Colors”, an emotional, self-empowering anthem that premiered yesterday via Alternative Press online. The timeless pop track is included on their LP Broken, which was released 7/12 on WITHYN Records and also features the popular singles “Coming Out Of The Rain” and “I Do”.
“True Colors is an important message for anyone who feels they or someone close to them is ashamed and afraid of vulnerability” says singer/guitarist Moon. “The need for perfection and how social media projects life is never reality, and leads to people feeling anxious, depressed and often leaving us feeling unfit to simply be happy.” The song was massively popular in the ‘80s when originally released by Cyndi Lauper and again in the late ‘90s when Phil Collins released his cover. Greek Fire found “True Colors” to be a song that resonates heavily with their purpose as a band, and were proud to put their own stamp on the track.
"This is such a cool and special song to our band,” says Moon. “Our great friend and producer Matt Amelung just passed away weeks ago and this was a song he and I did together. We did the track in a day and Matt completely slayed the mix. We had such fun with it that when we turned to each other, we knew it would go on an album. We miss you so much, Matt."
Formed in 2008, Greek Fire has built up their incredible fan base thanks to their diehard work ethic, powerful live shows, and candid lyrics speaking of the best and most challenging parts of being our authentic selves. The band knows they have a specific calling, and make it a point to create meaningful songs that are passionate, relatable and uplifting. The band is comprised of Moon who was a longtime member of the gold selling outfit Story of the Year and also plays guitar with ska legends Goldfinger. Greek Fire is rounded out by bassist Mark Joseph Roth, guitarist Chris Hobbs and drummer Johnny Venus.
Greek Fire self-released Deus Ex Machina in 2011, and was followed-up by their successful 2014 EP Lost, which featured the single “Top of the World” that was heard in Disney’s BIG HERO 6 and other successful film and television programs. They have toured relentlessly and have hit the road on the Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar’s UPROAR Festival along with appearances at Rock on the Range, POINTFEST and Summerfest.
About Greek Fire:
From the din of sweaty rock clubs to the grandeur of blockbuster films, Greek Fire’s ethos and ambition transcend boundaries.
Over the years, the St. Louis-based group (formed in 2008 by singer/guitarist Moon [formerly of Story of the Year], bassist Mark Joseph Roth, guitarist Chris Hobbs and drummer Johnny Venus) have built a reputation for delivering visceral, cinematic rock bursting with soaring melodies and even higher hopes – along with a mesmerizing live show that’s made Greek Fire a worldwide must-see act.
“When we started, Greek Fire was my heart and my soul; it was my baby,” explains Moon, who also plays guitar for ska-punk legends Goldfinger. “I wanted to do uplifting, spiritual-rooted things. It was a place I could really use as an artistic outlet for all the things that didn’t make sense with what I was doing in Story of the Year. Since then, Greek Fire has evolved into the sum of the education of all the other projects I’ve been a part of.”
On ORIENTATION, Greek Fire’s first collection of new music since 2014’s LOST EP, the band’s stadium-sized aspirations enjoy a new spin. Produced by longtime collaborator Elvis Baskette (Chevelle, Alter Bridge), the surprise EP marks the group’s reintroduction to the world, five songs of upbeat, riff-heavy rock ’n’ roll. It’s the sound of a band re-invigorated, from the driving pop charm of “One Girl” to “The Ride,” awash in acrobatic, heavy metal-inspired guitar work and soaring hooks.
And while the freewheeling set might mark a shift in sound from the band's back catalog of beloved songs – “TOP OF THE WORLD from their 2011 debut LP DEUS EX MACHINA, the 2013 John Feldmann-produced hit featured in trailers for Disney’s box-office-topping Big Hero 6 as well as on So You Think You Can Dance, CBS March Madness, and the Australian Open – Orientation ultimately does what Greek Fire’s songs have always done: They challenge, comfort, and celebrate listeners. They embody life in all its forms.
“The band has always been about pure vulnerability,” Moon says. “The goal has always been to write personal songs that are 50 layers deep but connect with everyone, no matter how deep they want to go.”
That’s a mantra poised to resonate even louder in the near future. Alongside ORIENTATION, the band just released full-length BROKEN and have been prepping FOUND, an EP companion to LOST and the final piece of a trilogy. In many ways, they’re the yin to ORIENTATION’s yang, more ponderous and solemn – a reflection of the challenges life has thrown at them in recent times.
It’s in this way that the full scope of what Greek Fire is in 2019 comes into view. What was intended to be a relentlessly optimistic vehicle for Moon and his bandmates has evolved over time. Unlike before, the band isn't afraid to let the darkness in these days – in fact, they know it’s the only way to get back to the light. It’s that unending commitment to honesty that’s brought them here, and it will ultimately be the path leading them forward. Over the past decade, Moon, Roth, and Venus have evolved to tackle the ones that seek to bring us down – and have bounced back more resilient than ever before.
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