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Fusing together older influences of emo/post hardcore with a little bit of funk thrown in, I Set My Friends On Fire aims to set themselves apart from other bands with their unique sound that the band describes as “evil funk”.
‘Pop Goes Punk’ covers are everywhere nowadays, but back in 2008 I Set My Friends On Fire were one of the first to experiment with the concept on the track “Soulja Boy”. High school seniors, Matt Mehana and Nabil Moo put the single on their Myspace as a joke and it went viral immediately. The response was so overwhelming that Myspace took down the band’s page three times because they assumed the views were increasing so quickly because of being hacked to increase plays. The duo gave it one more try with a new page and would inevitably be the beginning of something special.
After multiple offers from different labels, the band signed with Epitaph Records and before graduation they were flown to make their Bamboozle debut. Their first album, “You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter” (produced by Lee Dyess and Travis Richter of From First To Last) was released in late 2008 and hit the top of the iTunes chart and #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers. After two years of extensive touring, the band went back into the studio to record “Astral Rejection” (produced Dyess and Richter) which was a more hectic, heavier album. Before the release, Moo decided to leave the band and Mehana was left as the only original member.
I Set My Friends On Fire has spent extensive time on the road. The band was the most anticipated band on Warped Tour 2009 and was featured on the tour in 2011. Their impressive tour history has included international shows in Europe, Russia, Canada, U.K, Australia as well as all over the United States. Other notable festivals include South By So What, UnSilent Night and Never Say Never Festival. I Set My Friends On Fire have shared the stage with bands like Attack Attack, Cash Cash, We Came As Romans, Of Mice and Men, Dance Gavin Dance, Silverstein, Sleeping With Sirens and many more.
2015 brought new changes to the band. After using different touring musicians, Mehana announced the band was no longer just him and brought in long time friends to round out the lineup. Guitarists Nate Blasdell (The Bunny, The Bear) and Jonathan Rosell, Bassist Joe Mosey (Lights Out Paris) and Drummer Josh Miller (The Last Ten Seconds of Life) would then go on to play over 170 shows, in 123 cities, through 24 countries in 250 days. This included the U.K, mainland Europe, Russia, Australia, Canada, and numerous U.S tours. After relentless touring, Miller and Mosey decided to leave the band. Chris Thompson and Connor Mitchener joined the band solidifying the current lineup and announced the release of the 3rd album, “Caterpillar Sex” (produced by Mehana) was delayed indefinitely as the band was constantly touring.
The band announced in July 2016 that they would be taking a three month break from touring after the summer to finish the album to be released at the end of the year. In December 2016, I Set My Friends On Fire signed with Tragic Hero Records after being independent for the past year. The band explained how the partnership was a perfect fit, “[Tragic Hero] was one of many labels we met with, but a label that loved us for what we were, had faith in our crazy ideas, and truly wanted what was best for us, which was allowing us to have creative control. It was without question that Tragic Hero was going to be our new home”.
In addition to the signing announcement, I Set My Friends On Fire released their first video in four years with the new single, “My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience” off their fourth studio album (to be released in Summer 2017). The record will bring the band back to their roots and the original ISMFOF sound but with a twist.
What songs should we play live this summer?
Proud to announce we're finally going out with our boys in Arsonists get all the girls this summer for their 10 year tour! Get your tickets now! Link in comments!
NASCAR driver Landon Cassill knows whats up!
Cheer for him this weekend in Richmond!
It’s been brought to our attention that this heavily promoted PUBLISHED study, via addiction.org, has our name listed under “Musicians that have the most references to METH use in their music"… At first, we didn’t know whether to laugh or be offended, but considering this article was brought to our attention by an employee of a High School that saw the chart used as a source in an assembly by a public speaker on “how media influences drug use”, it’s something we certainly feel the need to address and take seriously.
As I’m sure our fans know, but in case you’re not familiar with the band, this is 100% NOT TRUE. In NONE of our music do we reference or promote the use of Meth… I literally can’t help but laugh even reading what I just typed, over the fact that we have to defend ourselves on something so silly. This article is literally defamation to the name I Set My Friends On Fire and an insult to our band, as I’m sure it’s embarrassing to the people that work with us, our sponsors, and anyone else associated with us. Hell, an article can affect more than just the business side of things, but our personal lives too. Having anything that associates you with promoting meth use, is obviously a terrible look, and unfortunately, coming from what most people would think is a credible source, like addiction.org, people wont bother to look into the actual facts.
We can’t deny the fact that ISMFOF has been known as a “stoner” band. Sure, there’s weed in the music video, there’s a weed reference in “Uzi”, but weed and meth are two TOTALLY different things. Sure the band’s music is out there, we’re socially awkward in interviews, some people might meet us and think we’re off, but that’s just because we are weird people. Actually, pretty sure 95% of musicians are weird people! We’ve been pretty cool with having people label the band as they wish, whether it was with good intentions or not, but this article just couldn’t be any further from the truth.
Fuck addiction.org, Fuck your scientific “studies”, and fuck the people that will believe anything they read and let the internet brainwash them. Get off your computer, go out, educate, and learn for yourself. Also… don’t use Meth.
ATTN: Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana!
We are so terribly sorry to say, but we unfortunately are going to have to cancel the short tour we had coming up next week. Canceling shows is never something we like to do, especially last second, but we really were left without a choice this time around.
As most of you know, we have two support tours this summer, something that is super important for the future of ISMFOF, considering we have headlined for almost the past two years straight. With that being said, it is so important that we have the new record finished in time for a summer release, so we have something to tour on. We have toured on two records for almost 9 years which we are so lucky to have been able to do, but you guys deserve new music and it’s something that we can no longer delay.
I know we have stayed pretty quiet on details of when, and what the status of Caterpillar Sex was, but truth is, Matt has been hustling away back in Miami, working around the clock to get this record done. Unfortunately now that we are on a time frame and deadline, we need every extra second that we can get to make this the best album possible and have it done in time for the summer. We just can’t afford the time out of the studio to go and play these shows this next weekend.
We apologize to anyone in these states that were planning on coming out, but we are working hard to reschedule each show around our off dates of the Dead Rabbitts run. We will post rescheduled dates as soon as they are set in stone.
ALL OTHER SHOWS ARE STILL ON AND WILL GO ACCORDING TO PLAN.
Sorry again guys, but we promise it’ll be worth it.