I Set My Friends on Fire
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|I Set My Friends on Fire|
Matt Mehana with Joe Nelson, at Vans Warped Tour 2011
|Origin||Miami, Florida, United States|
|Labels||Warner Music Group, Tragic Hero, Epitaph,|
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. The band's second album, Astral Rejection, was released on June 21, 2011. In 2016, the band signed with Tragic Hero. Their third album, Caterpillar Sex, is scheduled to be released independently in summer 2017. Their fourth album is also scheduled to release sometime in 2017 with Tragic Hero.[when?]
- 1 History
- 2 Musical style
- 3 Band members
- 4 Discography
- 5 Videography
- 6 References
- 7 External links
I Set My Friends on Fire EP (2007–2008)
Matt Mehana and Nabil Moo previously performed in a local act named We Are The Cavalry. After the act disbanded, 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, and announced 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. 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. 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)
The duo then signed to Epitaph Records, who released their debut album You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter on October 7, 2008. 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. The song "Things That Rhyme with Orange" was the second single from the album and their third single overall.
Works with Smosh (2008–2009)
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. 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. "Four Years Foreplay" featured I Set My Friends On Fire's new drummer Chris Lent from From First To Last.
Astral Rejection (2010–2012)
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".
The full album Astral Rejection was released and streamed on ISMFOF's on June 16, 2011. Astral Rejection was released in stores on June 21, 2011. 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.
Caterpillar Sex (2013–2017)
On March 6, 2015, Mehana featured in experimental band American Awesome Alliance's new music video which premiered on Alternative Press.
In September 2015, Mehana announced that the band had a new line up featuring former touring musicians of The Bunny The Bear. In November, the band departed on their first tour in over three years. The band consistently toured 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 guitars. "Caterpillar Sex" was postponed many times, Mehana stating it was because his style kept on changing. As of 2017, the album is slated to be released sometime during the summer (June or July), and is supposedly going to contain 24 tracks.
My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience (2017-Present)
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 off of their upcoming 4th studio album; "My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience".A music video was filmed for the single as well. 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 Rabbitts in June and July.
"Infinite Suck", the second track on I Set My Friends on Fire's sophomore album, Astral Rejection, demonstrates the band's experimental style and use of electronica characteristics.
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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."
- Matt Mehana – lead vocals, programming (2007–present)
- Nate Blasdell – lead guitar, backing vocals, programming (2014–present)
- Chris Thompson – drums (2016–present)
- Connor Mitchener – bass guitar (2016–present)
- Nabil Moo – guitar, vocals, bass guitar, sequencer, programming (2007–2010)
- Chris Lent – drums, guitar, sequencer (2009–2011)
- Josh Miller – drums (2015-2016)
- Joe Mosey – bass (2015-2016)
- Jonathan Rosell – rhythm guitar (2015-2017)
- Cody Wagner – Drums, (2016)
- Blake Steiner – lead guitar (2010-2011)
- Evan Perry – DJ (2011)
- Ashton Howarth – rhythm guitar (2011)
- Andrew Tapley – rhythm guitar, bass guitar (2011)
- Matt Mingus – drums (2012)
- Joe Nelson – lead guitar, backing vocals (2011-2012)
- Airick Delgado – rhythm guitar (2012)
- August Bartell – drums (2012)
|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|
|TBA||Tragic Hero Records||—||—|
|"—" denotes a release that did not chart, or has not charted yet.|
|"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|
* these are possible songs to be release on this album, but are not verified
|"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||My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience|
- Epitaph Records (June 21, 2011). "I Set My Friends On Fire". Epitaph Records. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
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- Tom Forget. "You Can't Spell Slaughter Without Laughter". AllMusic. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- 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.
- "I Set My Friends on Fire". ilikemusic. April 29, 2008. Retrieved October 16, 2008.
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- "Heatseekers Albums: Up and Coming Musicians Chart - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- "I SET MY FRIENDS ON FIRE TEACH KIDS SAFE SEX".
- "Smosh: Four Years Foreplay (Feat. I Set My Friends On Fire)".
- 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
- "Stream I Set My Friends On Fire's New Album 'Astral Rejection'".
- "I Set My Friends On Fire 'Astral Rejection' Out Now".
- "I Set My Friends On Fire Release New Video For "It Comes Naturally"".
- "I Set My Friends on Fire's Matt Mehana joins American Awesome Alliance for "Magnum Cum Latte"". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
- Gregory Heaney. "I Set My Friends on Fire". AllMusic. Retrieved January 31, 2016.