I Set My Friends on Fire

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I Set My Friends on Fire
ISMFOF Warped 2011.jpg
Matt Mehana with Joe Nelson, at Vans Warped Tour 2011
Background information
Origin Miami, Florida, United States
Genres
Years active 2007–present
Labels Warner Music Group , Tragic Hero Records , Epitaph
Associated acts
Website Official Facebook
Members
  • Matt Mehana
  • Nate Blasdell
  • Jonathan Rosell
  • Chris Thompson
  • Conor Mitchener
Past members
  • Nabil Moo
  • Chris Lent
  • Josh Miller

I Set My Friends on Fire (ISMFOF) is an experimental music group from Miami, Florida. The band was formed in 2007 by Matt Mehana and former member Nabil Moo. The group signed with Epitaph Records before releasing their debut album, You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter, in 2008. The band's second album, Astral Rejection, was released on June 21, 2011. Their third album, Caterpillar Sex, is scheduled to be released in sometime in 2016.[when?]

History[edit]

I Set My Friends on Fire EP (2007–2008)[edit]

Matt Mehana and Nabil Moo were previously in a well-received local act named We Are The Cavalry. After their disbanding, Mehana and Moo began making songs under the name "I Set My Friends on Fire". Some assumed that the new name was derived from the Aiden song of the same title. The group, however, explained that the name was purely original, as well as their hatred of Aiden. They garnered a large audience due in part to MySpace, where their first single, a rendition of Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" (originally entitled "Crank That Cavalry Boy") received more than one million plays.[2][3] Nonetheless, the duo's MySpace page was removed three times because MySpace had assumed that the duo were using software to increase the number of plays.[2] The band released a self-titled EP before releasing their first album. The EP features the songs "Crank That", "ASL", and "Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beerholder".

You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter (2008–2009)[edit]

The duo then signed to Epitaph Records,[4] who released their debut album You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter on October 7, 2008.[2] The band received negative to mixed reception from various critics. You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter reached No. 29 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[5] The song "Things That Rhyme with Orange" was the second single from the album and their third single overall. The music video was released

Works with Smosh (2008–2009)[edit]

On November 21, 2008 the comedy duo Smosh had teamed up with I Set My Friends on Fire and released their first music video and second single, called "Sex Ed Rocks" with over 20,000,000 views.[6] Later in September 2009, they teamed up yet again and released their second music video and fourth single, called "Four Years Foreplay" with over 7,000,000 views.[7] "Four Years Foreplay" featured I Set My Friends On Fire's new drummer Chris Lent from From First To Last.

Astral Rejection (2010–2012)[edit]

I Set My Friends on Fire entered the studio in early 2010 to write and record their second album. The group performed at The Bamboozle on May 1, 2010 and then entered the studio for a second time on June 2, 2010 to finish up their upcoming album. The first single from the album, "Excite Dyke", was exclusively released via digital download on June 15, 2010, as part of a new Epitaph compilation CD entitled "New Noise Vol. 1".[8]

The full album Astral Rejection was released and streamed on ISMFOF's on June 16, 2011.[9] Astral Rejection was released in stores on June 21, 2011.[10] On July 18, the music video for "It Comes Naturally" was released on YouTube with the directors being Nicholas Lent and co-founder and ex-member Nabil Moo.[11]

Caterpillar Sex (2013–present)[edit]

On March 6, 2015, Mehana featured in experimental band American Awesome Alliance's new music video which premiered on Alternative Press.[12]

Musical style[edit]

I Set My Friends on Fire is recognized for their experimental musical style. The group blends elements from a variety of genres, including electronica, crunkcore, post-hardcore and more. AllMusic describes the group's style as "a tornado of musical influences and genres."[13]

Band members[edit]

Current members

Former members

Touring Members

Discography[edit]

Albums/EPs

Date Album Label Peak Chart Position
US Indie US Heat
2008 I Set My Friends on Fire (EP) Self-released
2008 You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter Epitaph 29
2011 Astral Rejection Epitaph 47 9
2016 Caterpillar Sex Self-released
"—" denotes a release that did not chart, or has not charted yet.

Singles

Name Release Date Album
"Crank That" September 16, 2008 You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
"Sex Ed Rocks" November 21, 2008 Single
"Things That Rhyme with Orange" July 22, 2009 You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
"Four Years Foreplay" September 17, 2009 Single
"Excite Dyke" June 15, 2010 Astral Rejection
"It Comes Naturally" March 22, 2011
"Life Hertz" May 24, 2011
"Astral Rejection" June 14, 2011
"Midwife Toad" April 16, 2013 Caterpillar Sex
"The "D" in Capitation" September 2, 2013
"My Little Cabbage Planetarium" December 13, 2013
"Pro Seizures" February 27, 2014
"Nobody Wants To Be Parrot Man" May 15, 2014
"Nail Biting Therapy" December 25, 2015

Videography[edit]

Name Release Date Album
"Sex Ed Rocks" November 21, 2008 Single
"Things That Rhyme With Orange" July 22, 2009 You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter
"Four Years Foreplay" September 17, 2009 Single
"Astral Rejection" June 14, 2011 Astral Rejection
"It Comes Naturally" July 18, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Forget. "You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter". AllMusic. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Castillo, Arielle (September 25, 2008). "Kendall Band I Set My Friends on Fire Makes It Big the MySpace Way". Miami New Times. Retrieved October 16, 2008. 
  3. ^ "I Set My Friends on Fire". ilikemusic. April 29, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Set My Friends on Fire sign to Epitaph Records". Skope. April 29, 2008. Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2008. 
  5. ^ "Heatseekers Albums: Up and Coming Musicians Chart - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  6. ^ "I SET MY FRIENDS ON FIRE TEACH KIDS SAFE SEX". 
  7. ^ "Smosh: Four Years Foreplay (Feat. I Set My Friends On Fire)". 
  8. ^ I Set My Friends On Fire myspace blog post. http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=245698495&blogId=535502814 |title=New Demo Featured On New Epitaph Compilation - 'New Noise' Vol. 1|accessdate=June 7, 2010
  9. ^ "Stream I Set My Friends On Fire's New Album 'Astral Rejection'". 
  10. ^ "I Set My Friends On Fire 'Astral Rejection' Out Now". 
  11. ^ "I Set My Friends On Fire Release New Video For "It Comes Naturally"". 
  12. ^ "I Set My Friends on Fire's Matt Mehana joins American Awesome Alliance for "Magnum Cum Latte"". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  13. ^ Gregory Heaney. "I Set My Friends on Fire". AllMusic. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 

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