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
Studio 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)Adventure, Nostalgia, and Robbery2008
All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion
(2009)
Gospel
(2011)Gospel2011
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]

In November 2008, the band went on tour with This Time Next Year.[11] Following this, the band went on a brief tour with Polar Bear Club and Forfeit in December.[12] On January 28, 2009 Fireworks announced their debut album, All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion, revealing its track listing and artwork.[13] On February 6, "Detroit" was made available for streaming via the band's Myspace profile.[14] In March, the band went on a tour of the US with This Time Next Year. A Loss for Words, Title Fight and Transit appeared on select dates.[15] On March 17, "Come Around" was made available for streaming.[16] After a planned winter release,[8] and then a spring release,[17] All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion was eventually released on 24 March[13] 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, the band went on a co-headlining tour with We Are the Union. Though the tour was intended to run into May,[20] the band replaced Shai Hulud on their tour with New Found Glory from mid-April.[21] Alongside Crime in Stereo and Title Fight, the band toured the US in June.[22] In July, the band filmed a music video for "Detroit".[23]

From mid-July until late August, the band supported Set Your Goals.[24] In late August and early September, the band supported Four Year Strong.[25] The band supported Hit the Lights on their Manatour tour between early October and early November.[26] The band went on a co-headlining tour with The Wonder Years in mid-November.[27] From late-November to mid-December, the band toured Europe, alongside Set Your Goals and Broadway Calls.[28] On January 11, 2010 the music video for "Detroit" was released.[29] The band were initially planned to support Anti-Flag[30] but were replaced by Star Fucking Hipsters, The Menzingers, Trash Talk and Broadway Calls.[31] From late January to mid-March, the band supported New Found Glory on their tour.[32] In early June, the band supported Four Year Strong on their Enemy of Europe Tour.[33] In July, the band went on a tour of the US with Four Year Strong, Set Your Goals, the Swellers and Grave Maker.[34] From mid-August until early October, the band went on a headlining tour, with support from the Swellers, Transit and Man Overboard.[35]

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 – lead vocals, keyboard, piano, guitars
  • Chris Mojan – guitars
  • Brett Jones – guitars
  • Kyle O'Neil – bass
  • Tymm Rengers – drums, percussion
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[18]
  2. ^ Europe Hassle HOFF 084CDA[19]
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. ^ "This Time Next Year announces dates with 2*Sweet, Anarbor, Fireworks". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. October 10, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Polar Bear Club / Fireworks / Forfeit doing short tour together". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. October 27, 2008. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Fireworks Track Listing And Album Art". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  14. ^ "New Fireworks Song". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Fireworks / This Time Next Year heading out on tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. February 2, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2017. 
  16. ^ "ABSOLUTExclusive: Fireworks". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Fireworks Album News". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  18. ^ Henderson, Alex. "All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion - Fireworks - Release Information, Reviews and Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ Henderson, Alex. "All I Have to Offer Is My Own Confusion - Fireworks - Release Information, Reviews and Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Fireworks / We Are The Union Tour Dates". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Fireworks to replace Shai Hulud on NFG tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. April 18, 2009. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Tours: Crime In Stereo / Fireworks / Title Fight". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Fireworks News". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Tours: Set Your Goals / Four Year Strong / Fireworks with Polar Bear Club, the Swellers". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Tours: Four Year Strong / Crime in Stereo / Fireworks / A Loss for Words". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  26. ^ 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. 
  27. ^ "Fireworks / The Wonder Years Tour Dates". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Tours: Set Your Goals / Broadway Calls / Fireworks". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Fireworks Music Video". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Tours: Anti-Flag / Aiden / Cancer Bats / Fireworks". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Tours: Menzingers, Star F*cking Hipsters, Broadway Calls, Trash Talk added to Anti-Flag tour". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  32. ^ "New Found Glory Re-Release/Tour Info". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  33. ^ "Four Year Strong and Friends in Europe". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved August 9, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Set Your Goals, Four Year Strong and more to tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. May 18, 2009. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  35. ^ "Tours: Fireworks / The Swellers / Transit / Man Overboard". punknews.org. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 

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