BoySetsFire BoySetsFire on LP
There is a good reason why BoySetsFire's new album is self-titled. It is the final result of a fight for freedom that lasted years and a reawakening of all the strengths within the band, combined with the power of the close bonds between its members. The focus is on their own abilities, something that was not always easy for frontman Nathan Gray, nor the rest of the band, which includes Chad Istvan, Joshua Latshaw, Chris Rakus and Robert Ehrenbrand. The captivating euphoria that has been building around the band for years has been channeled into thirteen songs that contrast with the rage of the previous album, with rousing optimism seeping from every pore. You could say that the eponymous album is the light-hearted sister of the brooding While A Nation Sleeps... (2013).
Gray exclaims: "This album has quickly become one of my favorites we've ever done, and I am dying to get it out there. In albums past, we've talked a lot about all the terrible things going on in this world, and this time, we've focused a lot on sort of overcoming all of that. It's a much more positive vibe. Musically, there are some incredible, huge sounds on this album. It's very much us."
The first track on BoySetsFire, "Savage Blood" opens the album with an unbelievable energy that breaks down barriers. It features the crushing sound the world has come to expect from BoySetsFire, but with a level of intensity the band has rarely achieved before. The anger that has defined many of the post-hardcore veterans' albums is combined with catchy hooks. "One Match," the first single from the album and perhaps the most unforgettable tune since the band's smash hit "Rookie," makes it clear that it is a blazing torch that will light a thousand others in dark times. Despite the track's accessibility, its lovingly crafted details show that the band has the talent to take a huge step forward in terms of songwriting on their sixth album.
"Torches to Paradise", which is an explosive force in a philosophical band like BoySetsFire, whose members have very different beliefs, has a very special meaning for bassist Robert Ehrenbrand in particular: "To me it is about freeing myself from the burden of dogma and the imposed slavery of illusions brought upon us by society, religion and mind control...setting fire to 'paradise' (aka the illusion) we free ourselves and become what we truly can be, a self-empowered and free thinking, loving entity."