Below is all you need to know about the 4 members of Fireroad. Lots of our new fans have been asking "What did you guys do before?" "What bands have you been in?" "What bands do you like?" etc, etc. So we thought we'd put a little Bio up for each member of the band.
RICH - VOCALS/GUITAR
"O didn't you used to be in the Stereophonics?" is the question Richard gets asked. "No" is the answer but he did play in The Tragic Love Company (pre-stereos days) after their original 2nd guitarist and the other one who came in after him. A veteran of the Valleys music scene Rich played in The Moondogs (originals and Black Crowes, Stones covers) and Sunriser. This was before writing as an acoustic artist and playing every pub and club in Britain (O yeah as well as The Royal Albert Hall with Paul Weller, Ronnie Wood and Kelly and Adam from the Stereophonics) before forming Fireroad. He does a bit of running, weights and he's started painting again. What is it with Musicians and Art College!? Proud to say that of the 9589 tracks on his iPod none are illegal downloads. Where you 'll hear artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Chris Whitley, Collective Soul and every other album released since 1764.
GAV - GUITAR/PIANO/VOCALS
Gavin is an actual musician, he knows about chords, notes, scales and all sorts of others things. Gavin plays Piano, Guitar and lots of other instruments. When he's not playing the guitar in Fireroad he can be found listening to guitar music and playing guitars etc. Gavin likes really hot spicy food and tries his hardest to make Richard explode into a ball of flames in the studio. A real 'gear freak' Gavin knows pretty much all there is about his craft and is a traditionalist when it comes to equipment. He is known as the 'Guitar Whisperer' in certain circles. He recently met one of his heroes Joe Bonamassa who admitted he'd love to be able to play as well as Gav. Def Leppard, Joe Bonamassa and Ritchie Sambora can be found in his head and fingers at any given point.
MATTHEW - DRUMS/VOCALS
Again a veteran of the Welsh music scene Matthew has seen many bands come and go. Matthew played in Rat Salad, The Vanities and Along Came Man. Along Came Man supported Status Quo and toured with 3 Colours Red and the Yo-Yos before disbanding. Matthew has also been seen playing in various bands with Mike Peters supporting really good causes. When he's not playing the drums you'll find him up any Welsh mountain on a bike of some sort. He will, at some point we are sure, break one of his limbs chasing his dreams of super fitness. You will find Foo Fighters and Jimmy Eat World on his iPod.
With original Bass Player Tim Jones and then Chris Morgan leaving, due to life, Evsy (Real name probably Evsy?...) stepped in. Originally a 'stand-in' he learnt all the songs and thought "Ah may as well stay." Luckily for us. The downside? Evsy is like one of those kids that has to wake everybody up once he's awake. He's easy going, works hard and is a great addition to the band. Evsy loves old school rock. Love/Hate, Motley Crue etc and then Nirvana changed his life. If you find a man with a baseball cap and a nuclear powered e-cig in one of our gigs chances are you'll find our bassist. Just don't ask him to learn 20th Century Boy......