When CJ Snare and Firehouse first rose up dfrom the Charlotte, North Carolina music scene, hair metal was in its waning moments and Seattle grunge had become the new “it” genre. That did not stop the hard rocking quartet from making their presence known, as their 1990 self-titled debut album blew up, going double platinum. The band won the award for Best New Hard Rock/Metal Band at the 1992 American Music Awards, beating out the unlikely grunge favorites, Nirvana and Alice In Chains. This marked one of many similar awards they took home that year. Their 1992 follow up, Hold Your Fire ultimately attained platinum status for the band as well.
Over the course of their two decade career the band has remained a consistent touring entity, and three of the original four members remain to this day, including front man CJ Snare.
Snare, who also mixes and produces on the side at his own Snare Bear Studios, often takes the stage with hair metal alumni in Scrap Metal. His day job, Firehouse, just released a new album this June, Full Circle; an 11 track re-record of some of the band’s best songs. Firehouse is also currently getting set to write new material.
Most recently Snare joined forces with Furyon guitarist Chris Green on a new project called Rubicon Cross, which highlights his heavier and edgier sonic output. The sound is a mix of modern hard rock and straight up heavy metal.
The duo have just released a four track limited edition teaser EP to whet fan’s collective appetites. His day job, Firehouse, also released a new album this June, Full Circle; an 11 track re-record of some of the band’s best songs. The band is also currently getting set to write new material.
This week, Snare joined me live on Metalholic Mondays on Mojo Radio for a 45 chat about Rubicon Cross, and what lies ahead for Firehouse. We also discussed his passion for cooking and traveling. Settle in for an interview with one of hard rock’s most down to earth guys. Then go get your ears on the new Firehouse CD and Rubicon Cross EP, and crank ‘em up!