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Smoke Or Fire

Above The City

(Jericho RVA)

Fat Wreck Chords 687

Released on March 22, 2005


Smoke or Fire come from the bountiful punk scene of Richmond, Virginia, and they do the city proud. Originally and from Boston, the guys moved south of the Mason-Dixon cuz shit was cheaper and the bands were better. Move ahead many months where Fat Mike heard an unfinished record, showed interest, offered to release their debut full length, took them to the Punk Rock Bowling Tournament...and ta-da, their first album is finito and they call it Above The City.

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Average Customer Rating: 4.5 with 13 reviews (See Below)
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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 California's Burning Voted #1  21%
2 Filter  8%
3 Cops And Drugs  3%
4 Goodbye To Boston  11%
5 Culture As Given Voted #3  15%
6 Delawhere  2%
7 Loving, Self-Loathing  6%
8 Fire Escapes Voted #2  17%
9 Southpaw  1%
10 The Hardway  2%
11 Cryin' Shame  6%
12 Point Break  10%
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Martijn from Amersfoort, Netherlands 
Jun 14 2011 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Must have offcourse. Great album, from beginning to end full of awesome songs. When your downloading the boys, don't forget to seek some acoustic songs off m..there alsoo really good...goosebumps allover

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Gino from San Luis Obispo, CA 
Oct 6 2009 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Ever have one of those records that you end up buying about 2 or 3 times when it keeps getting lost or stolen? This one's no exception.

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Shannon from Aldan, PA 
Dec 15 2007 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Love, love, love this cd. Smoke or Fire is just a super awesome band, what more can you say. The album is pretty short, but it never gets old. "Fire Escapes" is my favorite song, great guitar throughout the album. Buy this album! Five stars for sure!

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Morgan from Old Toongabbie, Nsw, Australia 
Sep 9 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Solid cd from these guys, they never let up on this album. The only detractor is how short it is. But other than that its a great cd. Good music and Good lyrics to match.

Best songs are 1,2 & 12

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Dave from Newtownards, United Kingdom 
Aug 30 2006 Rating: 4/5 Stars

Great cd by one of the best newer bands on Fat, def reccomend this to fans of Hot Water and Against Me. Love the guitars on this record, they cut through so well and the singer has a great voice, cant wait to see what they do next!

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Mike from Los Altos, CA 
Mar 15 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

pretty much a solid debut by smoke or fire. (yes i know they had older material when they were jericho va, or whatever their name was.) my favorites are californias burning, filter, delawhere, and southpaw. i hate saying that they sound like specific bands but they do have the lawrence arms sound as was advertised by fat wreck. i hate saying who they sound like cuz i was once suckered into listening to voice in the wire who was said to sound like strike anywhere and kid dynamite but in reality sucked balls. even still, no one can really live up to kid dynamite.

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Joey from Riverview, NB Canada 
Jan 19 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Great cd from the former Jericho RVA! This one kick ass in your face punk rock reminisant of other FAT bands like Dillinger 4 and (newcomers) Strike Anywhere. This cd is a definite must

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Chad from Brandon, MB Canada 
Jan 3 2006 Rating: 5/5 Stars

With all the nonsense I've been hearing lately it was a relief to hear this album. Despite how short it is it's still pretty damn good. I look forward to new stuff coming from these guys. One of the best albums in the last couple of years.

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Josef from Nutley, NJ 
Nov 30 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

i really like these guys.. one of the better rookie bands on fat wreck chords... they're really good live. the only problem with this album is that it is really short... i mean like REALLY short....

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Jason from Kirkland, WA 
Nov 15 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

This is a great CD. Definatly one of the better ones on Fat. If you get a chance to see them live you should, they put on an amazing set. This is one of those cds you put in your cars radio and realize 2 weeks later you haven't listened to anything else.

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