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The Blackfires / Bio

Wondering what happened to rock? Try The Blackfires. A potent mixture reminiscent of Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Aerosmith, and Deep Purple to name a few of the comparisons made. Your elixir for a music world where truly great rock n’ roll is hard to find.

The UNITED NATIONS of ROCK: With members from the UK, Russia, Costa Rica, Uruguay and NYC, The Blackfires truly are an international band. Between them they are PhD educated, hold degrees from Oxford and Columbia, are trained in philology, music composition, film-making, and the list goes on.

Yet, as accomplished as they are in other fields, music is their forte. Yes they are fucking good. Pulling off Deep Purple’s opus Child in Time and the odd Led Zeppelin cover to a tee are just some of the things to expect from The Blackfires.

Leading the band is Muscovite Andrey “Cheggi” Chegodaev with a voice and onstage antics that are immediately recognizable and captivating. Plant, Gillan, and Jon Bon Jovi all come to mind but there’s definitely something unique about Cheggi’s vocal stylings. On guitar is Englishman Anthony Mullin, who’s jammed with the likes of Brad Whitford & Joe Perry, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, & Orianthi, to name a few. His rhythm playing is notable, however it’s his scorching blues-based lead improvisation which really draws the listener in and provides the perfect accompaniment to Chegodaev. Also on guitar, Costa Rican born Hector Marin employs his more schooled approach to deliver intricate leads and rhythms, evoking Iron Maiden & Thin Lizzy in the process. Uruguayan Grasebo Doe is a rock-solid rock bass player, enough said really. Lastly, American Joe Mitch is the secret weapon in The Blackfires’ arsenal. Aside from delivering consistent and crushing rhythms on the drums, he also sings and adds the odd guitar solo to a track or two. A true asset to the band.

Their debut EP “Live from The Cutting Room” engineered by Tom Gardner (John Legend, Danger Mouse) and mastered by Tony Gillis (Iggy Pop, Prince), really highlights the diversity of their talents. They draw on their myriad influences with an impressive result, rock music that’s exciting and sounds new. Their second EP is almost ready and will be released in the Spring of 2015.

General Info

Band Members
Andrey "Cheggi" Chegodaev, Anthony Mullin
Artist Name
The Blackfires
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Hard Rock / Blues

Contact Info

New York, NY

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