By Stephanie Stevens
FACE THE FIRE ignites your senses with all the hard rock vibes. Energy induced moments, power and fiery atmospheres. Melodies that stay in your head for hours after, these guys are going to rise up quick and I love being a part of the beginnings.
Their new single REMEMBER WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF has growth written all over it. From the uplifting highly infectious chorus to the verses that ring with rock sensibilities and those vocals that just glides seamlessly throughout your eardrums. A song about remembering your strength when you don’t think you have anything else to give. It’s a pure package of honesty, positive vibes and that hard driving and melody driven tone, making it a heavy hitting single to gain the band a ton of attention as the music world gets ready to take back the world in 2021!
If the bands new single gets you moving then you need to check out the bands older arsenal like the songs DROWNING and SUMMER SONG, smash hits in my eyes.
FACE TH FIRE are from Chicago, IL and have been able to work with such artists like Morgan Rose of Sevendust, Jose Urquizqa of 3 Years Hollow and Jordan Popp of Seven Day Sonnet; so to say these guys are in good hands is a understatement! To create, learn and grow with people like this no wonder these guys write some stellar kick ass tunes.
I had a chance to speak with drummer Mike Kozlick about new single REMEMBER WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF, the background on how he found music and what band he would wanted to sit in on as they created one of their albums.
Q: Tell me the backstory about FACE THE FIRE and what made you guys take on this particular name for the band?
A: So we formed as a band in the spring of 2015. we recorded an EP over at The Nook studios in New Lenox IL. Honestly, our producer at the time had asked if this project had a name, we all looked around, based off of a story from a prior conversation we came up with Face The Fire.
Q: I saw you worked with Morgan Rose of Sevendust and recently I just interviewed another band who had his help in their music, I love seeing him helping up n coming bands and I’m sure him and Jose Urquiza of 3 Years Hollow had a lot of advice for you guys from a music standpoint and business standpoint. What do you feel was the most important thing you took away from working with them?
A: We love those guys! Being in a room with Morgan Rose and Jose Urquiza It becomes a very knowledgeable experience. You’re like a sponge and you just take it all in. I can’t really pinpoint one piece of information that was most important, I feel like the whole experience in itself and information they had given us, was important.
Q: Let’s talk about the newest single out from you guys! The song REMEMBER WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF hit home; this song you guys talk about strength when you don’t think you have anything left to give, it really spoke to me and made me look within myself. How does it feel knowing something you wrote can have an impact in others’ lives?
A: Well that is a great compliment! Thank you so much! It’s one of the most rewarding feelings. We can only hope someone can take away something from our songs. Whether that be the lyrics or the music itself. It’s a very humbling thing!
Q: Have you guys ever written a song that got you through a really tough time but when writing it you never knew it was going to open your eyes to helping you? If you haven’t written a song, has another artist’s song done that for you?
A: For me personally, I would say that I was going through a really tough time a couple years ago and an artist by the name of Bilmuri had a couple songs out that helped me through those times. I was able to thank him in person for getting me through those times at a show he played in Chicago. It was a really cool moment.
Q: What do you feel has been your biggest growth in songwriting since your debut album BUILT TO BURN?
A: I’ll say that our newest single “Remember what you’re made of” was in my opinion, kind of a turning point with our songwriting. I feel like it’s a very well-balanced song where it can attract to different crowds.
Q: Are you guys more of studio “nerds” (in a good way) or do you thrive in the live experience and what are the biggest challenges in both atmospheres?
A: I would have to say the live experience. The biggest challenges, with playing shows, is making sure you’re really drawing the crowd in and getting that nice reception at the end. With studio, it’s just about wanting to be perfect and making sure everything is exactly what you want in the song.
Q: You guys released the single DROWNING in 2020 while the chaos of life was happening. Plus, it has a more aggressive tone to it, was this written from the perspective of being in lockdown and was writing something that got you guys through everything the world was going through?
A: So that song was actually written before lockdown. Nothing to do with it whatsoever. But when we released it, it just fell on bad timing. But still had a very good reception to it amid The chaos that 2020 was.
Q: Did you always have music growing up and when was it that you realized you decided to take it seriously and try to make something of it?
A: Yeah I had music growing up, my dad has been a musician his whole life, and I had a couple brothers growing up that also were into music and played some instruments. I started taking it seriously when I was about 17 years old. I then started joining bands from there and the rest is history.
Q: Who influences you from a lyrical standpoint and why do you think you are inspired by them?
A: I feel like there’s too many to choose from! That’s a tough one!
Q: If you could sit in on any band’s writing process what band would it be and what album would you have loved to be a fly on the wall for?
A: I would have to say Sevendust- Cold Day Memory. tap the bottom that album is just fantastic!
Q: Have you guys been able to talk about local shows or even a possible tour and if so can you tell us some info on that for fans who are craving shows and live interaction?
A: Thankfully yes! Saturday, August 7th we are playing at bottom lounge in Chicago. We just booked another show at WC social club in West Chicago on August 21st as well!
Q: For people just hearing about you now, what do you want to let people know about the band that will help you connect with others?
A: We are just 5 guys That love music. That love playing shows. We love when our music can connect with our friends. We try not to use the word fans, because if you’re supporting us, you’re a friend of ours!
Q: Anything else happening in the near future I didn’t hit upon for you guys and any words you wanna tell your fans that have been there since the beginning?
A: Right now we’re just getting our new single “Remember what you’re made of” to as many people as possible. We have the few shows coming up. You can follow us and find the most up to date info at:
THANK YOU so much for the continued support over the years, we can promise you, it does not go unnoticed and we are forever grateful!