Set Fire to the Hive

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"Set Fire To The Hive"
Set Fire to the Hive.jpg
Single by Karnivool
from the album Sound Awake
Released 28 April 2009
Format Digital
Genre Alternative metal
Progressive rock
Length 4:29
Label Cymatic/Sony Music
Writer(s) I. Kenny, M. Hosking, A. Goddard, J. Stockman, S. Judd
Producer(s) Forrester Savell
Karnivool singles chronology
"Set Fire To The Hive"
"All I Know"
Sound Awake track listing
"New Day"
"Set Fire to the Hive"
Music video
"Set Fire to the Hive" on YouTube

"Set Fire To The Hive" is the fourth single and music video by the Australian progressive rock band Karnivool, their first from their second studio album, Sound Awake.


The song was debuted live at the Aeons Tour in 2008, was confirmed to be the first single on the band's MySpace [1] and was released on 28 April 2009.[2] The earlier-confirmed music video [3] was released on 8 May 2009 and has received significant airplay on both Channel V and radio station Triple J.[4]

The song peaked at #11 on the AIR Top 20 singles charts.[5]

The song, musically, is substantially different from Karnivool's previous work. The song has been described as the 'black sheep' of the album,[6] with guitarist, Drew Goddard acknowledging as much.

As a musician, I never like to be writing within a comfort zone, because you invariably write music which sounds comfortable. Set Fire To The Hive was something we wrote from a weird place, where we were all frustrated by external stuff, and you can hear it in the song – it’s like we’re all going ‘FAARRK!!’ It’s definitely the heaviest moment, the black sheep of the album.

— Drew Goddard[7]

In an interview bassist Jon Stockman describes the song as being

it’s very much a direct kind of ’sonic’ call to arms, challenging people to look at how much control we have over our own society as well as our own lives and to remind people that we live in a democracy, and that that kind of system of government has certain rights that we should always be entitled to.

— Jon Stockman[8]

It was also released as an EP on 15 September 2009, as their debut release with SIN/SonyMusic Independent Network.

Track listing[edit]

Digital single[edit]

  1. "Set Fire To The Hive" (I. Kenny, M. Hosking, A. Goddard, J. Stockman, S. Judd[9]) - 4:29


  1. "Set Fire to the Hive" - 4:26
  2. "Themata" - 5:46
  3. "Roquefort" (with Empire Horns) - 4:48
  4. "Deadman" (Live at The Forum) - 10:37

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on YouTube on 8 May 2009 eleven days after the song's release on the band's MySpace profile. It is Karnivool's fourth official video, after Shutterspeed on YouTube (2005), Themata on YouTube (2005), and L1FEL1KE on YouTube (2003).

The music video features the band playing in what appears to be a cube. To match with the first line, "I don't know what's wrong, but I'm on fire", Ian Kenny's arm is on fire. With the first lyrics of the verse, "We're slaves, in this medicated cage", A bird cage appears on Ian Kenny's head.


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  2. ^ "Triple j music news : Karnivool". Triple J. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Set Fire To The Hive by Karnivool". J Play. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  5. ^ "Jagermeister AIR Charts". Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR). 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Karnivool - Sound Awake". Sputnik Music. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Karnivool - Sound Awake". Retrieved 2009-06-24. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Karnovool". NZrock. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  9. ^ ""Set Fire To The Hive" at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 24 June 2009. 

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