Boysetsfire is not just any band, and its fans are not just any fans. Boysetsfire is perhaps the most successful example of how an uncompromising sound, an irrepressible will and unbeatable stamina can move mountains and mobilize the masses. The first track to be revealed from their forthcoming eponymous record has therefore been premiered on one of their legion of fans’ personal Facebook pages, taking the music back to the masses and keeping the band close to their followers.
There is a good reason why the new album, which will be released on September 25th 2015 via their own End Hits Records, 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, Chad Istvan, Joshua Latshaw, Chris Rakus and their German bassist Robert Ehrenbrand. The captivating euphoria that has been building around the band from Delaware/USA 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.
While he was in the studio, frontman Nathan Gray was delirious with joy and sounded more enthusiastic than in any previous interview: “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.”
This self-produced and released album deserves even more respect when you consider the band’s turbulent past: Originally formed in 1994, Boysetsfire was as good as dead about five years ago, when its members put the shards of an almost failed career back together, risking a reunion. The post-hardcore pioneers from Delaware/USA, who helped shape the genre with their albums After the Eulogy and Tomorrow Come Today, both released around the millennium, were victims of the music industry’s demise and a failed attempt to work with a major label affiliated record company.
That brave comeback in early 2013 was based completely on the principle of self-determination and culminated in the release of their most successful album to date, While A Nation Sleeps, on the indie label End Hits Records, which their closest confidante had quickly established in cooperation with the band. The album was a sensation, entering the German charts at #22 in 2013, and was followed by sold-out tours, headline appearances at Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park (together with Metallica in 2014), an anniversary tour that included three packed shows in major European cities, and finally the Family First Festival, organized by Boysetsfire themselves and sold out in just a few weeks (August 21, 2015 in Cologne, capacity 4000).
With their forthcoming album and European tour, Boysetsfire will again stand up to the established music industry, proving that absolute belief in your own abilities and the closest possible relationship with your fans are everything.
Support: SILVERSTEIN, GREAT COLLAPSE
October 1 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks
October 2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
October 3– London, UK – Islington Academy
October 4– Hasselt, Belgium – Muziekdroom
October 5– Münster, Germany – Skaters Palace
October 6– Wiesbaden, Germany – Schlachthof
October 7 – Nuremberg, Germany – Löwensaal
October 8– Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl
October 9– Vienna, Austria – Arena
October 10 – Lindau, Germany – Vaudeville
October 11 – Leipzig, Germany – Werk 2
October 12 – Berlin, Germany – Huxley‚s
Limited-edition collectors’ tickets for the tour are available exclusively from the End Hits Records web shop (http://endhitsrecords.bigcartel.com/).
01. Savage Blood
02. Cutting Room Floor
03. Don’t Panic
04. Ordinary Lives
05. One Match
06. The Filth Is Rising
07. Torches To Paradise
09. Heaven Knows
10. Fall From Grace
11. Dig Your Grave
12. Breathe In, Bleed Out
13. Bled Dry