All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion

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All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion
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Studio album by Fireworks
Released March 24, 2009
Recorded October 2008,
Buzzbomb Sound Labs, Orange, CA
Genre Pop punk,[1][2][3] power pop[2]
Length 32:39
Label Triple Crown
Producer Chad Gilbert
Fireworks chronology
Adventure, Nostalgia, and Robbery
(2008)
All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion
(2009)
Gospel
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
AbsolutePunk 8.3/10[1]
Punknews.org 3/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[5]
Rock Sound 7/10[3]

All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion is the debut full-length studio album by American rock band Fireworks.

Background[edit]

Fireworks formed in Metro Detroit, Michigan in 2005.[6] The band consisted of vocalist David Mackinder, guitarists Brett Jones and Chris Mojan, bassist Kyle O'Neil, and drummer Tymm Rengers.[6] The group released a demo, Can't Hardly Wait, before releasing the We Are Everywhere (2006) EP the following year.[6] The group supported the EP by touring with bands such as Set Your Goals, Valencia, and Strung Out.[6] In 2008 the band released another EP, Adventure, Nostalgia, and Robbery through Run for Cover.[7] The EP featured one new song, a cover and two re-recordings of previously released songs.[7] On July 31, it was announced that the band had signed to Triple Crown.[8] A friend of the band gave Fred from Triple Crown their EP, from there the band "just kept bothering Fred until he signed us."[9] In the announcement, the band realized they had not released much new material and reassured that they were working towards an album.[8] The group was "extremely excited" to have signed with Triple Crown.[8] In August, the band toured with Hit the Lights.[8]

Composition and recording[edit]

Compared to their past work, Mojan thought the band "made a nice but smooth progression."[9] Some of the material "is more angry, some stuff is more rocking."[9] O'Neil claimed the material sounded "more mature and developed" than their previous work.[10] In terms of lyrics, he thought they "have definitely grown as people".[10]All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion was recorded over the course of two and a half weeks[10] in October 2008[8] at Buzz Bomb Sound Lab.[9] 14 songs had been recorded in total, 12 of them appeared on the finished version of the album.[9] It was produced by Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory[6] and mixed by Paul Miner. The group knew of gilbert through mutual friends, but the idea of working with him came from Fred of Triple Crown.[9]

Release[edit]

On January 28, 2009 Fireworks announced their debut album, All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion, and revealed the track list and artwork.[11] On February 6, "Detroit" was made available for streaming via the band's Myspace profile.[12] In mid March, the band supported A Loss for Words on a short U.S. tour.[13] On March 17, "Come Around" was made available for streaming.[14] After a planned winter release,[8] and then a spring release,[15] All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion was eventually released on 24 March[11] through Triple Crown.[6][nb 1] A European edition was released by Hassle.[nb 2] The album's title is taken from a quote by American author Jack Kerouac. Throughout April and May, the band went on a co-headlining tour with We Are the Union.[18] Alongside Crime in Stereo and Title Fight, the band toured the U.S. in June.[19] In July, the band filmed a music video for "Detroit".[20] From mid-July until late August, the band supported Set Your Goals.[21]

In late August and early September, the band supported Four Year Strong.[22] The band supported Hit the Lights on their Manatour tour between early October and early November.[23] The band went on a co-headlining tour with The Wonder Years in mid-November.[24] From late-November to mid-December, the band toured Europe, alongside Set Your Goals and Broadway Calls.[25] On January 11, 2010 the music video for "Detroit" was released.[26] The band were initially planned to support Anti-Flag[27] but were replaced by Star Fucking Hipsters, The Menzingers, Trash Talk and Broadway Calls.[28] From late January to mid-March, the band supported New Found Glory on their tour.[29] In early June, the band supported Four Year Strong on their Enemy of Europe Tour.[30] From mid-August until early October, the band went on a headlining tour, with support from The Swellers, Transit and Man Overboard.[31]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Geography, Vonnegut and Me" – 3:43
  2. "Come Around" – 2:53
  3. "Closet Weather" – 2:35
  4. "2923 Monroe St." – 3:12
  5. "Holiday" – 2:32
  6. "I Support Same Sex Marriage" – 3:25
  7. "Show Me Your Vanishing Act One More Time" – 0:57
  8. "You've Lost Your Charm" – 2:37
  9. "Again and Again" – 3:14
  10. "Detroit" – 3:56
  11. "When We Stand on Each Other We Block Out the Sun" – 3:35

Personnel[edit]

Fireworks
  • David Mackinder – vocals
  • Chris Mojan – guitar
  • Brett Jones – guitar
  • Kyle O'Neil – bass
  • Tymm Rengers – drums
Additional musicians
  • Chad Gilbert – additional guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Miner – backing vocals
Production
  • Chad Gilbert – producer
  • Paul Miner – mixing

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ U.S. Triple Crown 3087[16]
  2. ^ Europe Hassle HOFF 084CDA[17]
Citations
  1. ^ a b Nassiff, Thomas. "Fireworks - All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion - Fireworks - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Ritchie, Andy (December 11, 2009). "Fireworks - All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion - Reviews". Rock Sound Magazine. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Brian (May 15, 2009). "Fireworks Fireworks - All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ Silveri, Alex (March 31, 2009). "Fireworks - All I Have To Offer Is My Own Confusion (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f Deming, Mark. "Fireworks | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Now Pre-order The Fireworks 7". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Fireworks Signs To Triple Crown Records". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Fireworks - 10.29.08". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c "Interviews: Kyle O'Neil (Fireworks)". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "Fireworks Track Listing And Album Art". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  12. ^ "New Fireworks Song". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  13. ^ "A Loss For Words, Fireworks, This Time Next Year, Title Fight Tour". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "ABSOLUTExclusive: Fireworks". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fireworks Album News". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  16. ^ Henderson, Alex. "All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion - Fireworks - Release Information, Reviews and Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ Henderson, Alex. "All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion - Fireworks - Release Information, Reviews and Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Fireworks / We Are The Union Tour Dates". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Tours: Crime In Stereo / Fireworks / Title Fight". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Fireworks News". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Tours: Set Your Goals / Four Year Strong / Fireworks with Polar Bear Club, the Swellers". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Tours: Four Year Strong / Crime in Stereo / Fireworks / A Loss for Words". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ Heisel, Scott (August 26, 2009). "Hit the Lights Plan Fall Tour With There For Tomorrow". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on August 30, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Fireworks / The Wonder Years Tour Dates". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Tours: Set Your Goals / Broadway Calls / Fireworks". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Fireworks Music Video". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Tours: Anti-Flag / Aiden / Cancer Bats / Fireworks". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Tours: Menzingers, Star F*cking Hipsters, Broadway Calls, Trash Talk added to Anti-Flag tour". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  29. ^ "New Found Glory Re-Release/Tour Info". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Four Year Strong and Friends in Europe". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Tours: Fireworks / The Swellers / Transit / Man Overboard". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 

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