The Fifth Fire's origins, are somewhat rooted in simplicity. It was July 6, 2010, in a small south central Kansas town, that four musicians assembled in a basement, who would go on to become known as The Fifth Fire. From that point, their story grows considerably more complex. Essentially the brainchild, of singer Mark Ryan, and a guitarist named Samuel McNeil, The Fifth Fire was the culmination of long cumbering ideas, of the two. Having been rejected by the musicians they had been working with up to that point, they decided to form their own project. They had several ideas, but mostly they wanted to rebel against what they perceived to be an indignant and stale music scene, by basically doing the exact opposite of everything everyone else was doing. Mark Ryan, however, seemed to harbor more ambitious goals than his counterpart. He had been openly clear, about wanting to get out of the mid west much sooner than later, feeling his goals could only be reached elsewhere. His ideology for the band, and its identity, were rooted in three things, he said; Unity, Truth, and Art. His loftier aspirations it seems, were to become in contrast to his co founders, resulting in McNeil leaving the band less than a year after it was formed.
From early 2011 on, the band was to incur nothing short of a plethora of lineup changes, with Mark Ryan remaining the only original member. They recorded their debut EP, "Generation I", in April of 2011, without having a bass player. On again off again member, Corey Huggins, served both guitar and bass duties. Finally, in late 2011, the lineup had grown consistent enough to begin booking their first tour. Five dates, were scheduled, between the states of Missouri and Texas. However, due once again to a departure, only four of the dates were honored. The positive though, was that it gave the band confidence, and experience that would serve well in the future.
As the band was approaching their two year anniversary, another, much larger scale tour was being booked for the autumn months of 2012. It was to canvas up to 7 states, and would have been a career altering undertaking. Mark, and manager Rachel Garcia, had begun to have suspicions that the other members of the band were secretly forming another group, with intentions of breaking away from The Fifth Fire altogether. These suspicions were confirmed, in the early summer of 2012, and for the first time since he began, having always had at least one position covered, Mark Ryan found himself with a completely dissolved lineup.
This would ultimately force the band to cancel their tour, and be forced into a unwanted, and untimely sabbatical. The decision was then made to completely relocate to Los Angeles, California, and rebuild the lineup there, while simultaneously pursuing a developmental, or full record deal. After nearly a year of saving and planning, Mark Ryan, and his manager Rachel Garcia, took themselves and the name The Fifth Fire, to Southern California. It was while there, that during her usual rounds of social media networking, Rachel Garcia, first came in contact with British Record Label, LMC. Irony lending its touch to the story of a band, that could hardly be defined as typical, in that they went to LA, in search of a record deal, and they found one......in England. On their three year anniversary, the band was able to announce that they had indeed been signed with LMC Records. Their story has been as divergent and variegated as their music itself. Their sound, is a collision of influences, overlapping into something that is almost blatantly designed to be antithetical to any and all traditional ethos. A punk spirit, crossed with a humanitarian philosophy, underlined by an allegiance to simplicity in composition, but a complexity of emotion, The Fifth Fire is nonetheless, nothing short of audacious, in their unwavering pursuit of glory. Their first single with LMC Records, is scheduled for release in 2014. They are currently preparing for summer tour, that will cover all of the southwestern United States, including California, Nevada, and Texas.The group is now rounded out by Mark Ryan, Daimon Cundiff, Zac Rasmussen, and Tyler Rucas. They then plan to head to Buxton, England, to record their single, and video.