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, Epitaph,
Associated acts
Members
  • Matt Mehana
  • Nate Blasdell
  • Chris Thompson
  • Connor Mitchener
  • Hector Bagnod
Past members

I Set My Friends on Fire (ISMFOF) is a post-hardcore 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. Their second album, Astral Rejection, was released on June 21, 2011. Their third album, Caterpillar Sex, and a fourth album are both scheduled to be released by Tragic Hero in 2017.

History[edit]

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

Matt Mehana and Nabil Moo performed previously in a local band named We Are The Cavalry. After the band disbanded, Mehana and Moo began creating 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, However, the group explained they were unaware of this at the time. Mihana said he was "pissed" about it and that Aiden "sucked".[3] 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.[4][5] The duo's MySpace page was removed three times because the website had believed that the duo were using software to increase the number of plays.[4] 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,[6] which released their debut album You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter on October 7, 2008.[4] The album garnered a negative to mixed reception from various critics. You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter reached number 29 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[7] The song "Things That Rhyme with Orange" was the second single from the album and their third career single.

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" which had over 20million views.[8] Later in September 2009, they teamed up yet again and released their second music video and fourth single, entitles "Four Years Foreplay" which attracted over 7 million views.[9] "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 music festival in New Jersey 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 released exclusively via digital download on June 15, 2010, as part of a new Epitaph compilation CD entitled "New Noise Vol. 1".[10]

The full album Astral Rejection was released and streamed on ISMFOF's website on June 16, 2011.[11] Astral Rejection was released in stores on June 21, 2011.[12] On July 18, the music video for "It Comes Naturally" was released on YouTube directed by Nicholas Lent and co-founder and ex-member Nabil Moo.[13]

Caterpillar Sex (2013–2017)[edit]

In September 2015, Mehana announced that the band had a new line up featuring former touring musicians from The Bunny The Bear. In November, the band departed on their first tour in over three years. They toured consistently for the next nine months, playing over 150 shows in 24 countries. Mehana had started releasing several demos for a new album entitled Caterpillar Sex. These demos showed a much more experimental side, being almost completely electronic with no real drums, and very little guitar. Caterpillar Sex was postponed many times, with Mehana stating that his style kept changing. The album was slated to be released on July 21, 2017, and was expected to contain 24 tracks. Its first single, entitled "The Vision and Scarlet Witch," was released on June 28, 2017. According to the band's official Facebook page, the album will now release sometime in the Fall of 2017.

My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience (2017-Present)[edit]

On December 9th, 2016, the band announced on their Facebook page that they have signed to Tragic Hero Records and have released the first single from their upcoming fourth studio album My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience. A music video was also filmed for the single. The band toured the US, Canada, Europe, and Russia in early 2017. They announced that they were going to be on the first ever Tragic Hero Records Tour as direct support for The Dead Rabbits in June and July. The album was scheduled for July 21st but now has been pushed to Fall due to unforeseen "production issues".

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".[14]

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
You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter Epitaph 29
2011 Astral Rejection 47 9
2017 Caterpillar Sex Tragic Hero Records
TBA
"—" 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
"My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience" December 9, 2016 TBA
"The Vision and Scarlet Witch" June 28, 2017 Caterpillar Sex

* these are possible songs to be release on this album, but are not verified

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
"My Way (Featuring Johnytiger)" (Fetty Wap Cover) September 7, 2015 Single
"My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience" December 9, 2016 TBA

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Forget. "You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter". AllMusic. Archived from the original on February 7, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  2. ^ Gregory Heaney. "Biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on January 13, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017. 
  3. ^ Marchese, David (February 7, 2011). "Why They're Called… I Set My Friends on Fire". spin.com. Billboard Music. Archived from the original on July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  4. ^ 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. Archived from the original on September 27, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008. 
  5. ^ "I Set My Friends on Fire". ilikemusic. April 29, 2008. Archived from the original on October 20, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Heatseekers Albums: Up and Coming Musicians Chart - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ "I Set My Friends On Fire Teach Kids Safe Sex". epitaph.com. Archived from the original on October 1, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Smosh: Four Years Foreplay (Feat. I Set My Friends On Fire)". Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ I Set My Friends On Fire myspace blog post. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved June 8, 2010.  |title=New Demo Featured On New Epitaph Compilation - 'New Noise' Vol. 1|accessdate=June 7, 2010
  11. ^ "Stream I Set My Friends On Fire's New Album 'Astral Rejection'". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "I Set My Friends On Fire 'Astral Rejection' Out Now". Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. 
  13. ^ "I Set My Friends On Fire Release New Video For "It Comes Naturally"". Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. 
  14. ^ Gregory Heaney. "I Set My Friends on Fire". AllMusic. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 

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