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Boy Sets Fire

Progressive hardcore band BoySetsFire was formed in Delaware in 1994 by singer Nathan Gray, guitarists Josh Latshaw and Chad Istvan, bassist Darrell Hyde, and drummer Matt Krupanski. Self-releasing their debut single, "Consider," in 1995, Boy Sets Fire soon resurfaced with a split release with Jazz Man's Needle, winning acclaim not only for the intensity of their live dates but also the intensity of their political convictions. The band's debut full-length, The Day the Sun Went Out, followed in 1997 and a split single with Snapcase preceded the 1999 release of In Chrysalis. Bassist Rob Avery replaced Hyde for 2000's After the Eulogy, the band's first release for new label Victory Records; This Crying, This Screaming, My Voice Is Being Born was released later that summer. Sucker Punch was issued in early 2001.

Boy Sets Fire left Victory for the major-label Wind-Up in 2002 and quickly released the Live for Today EP as an introduction. It featured four new tracks and two live recordings. Next, they entered the studio with producer Dave Fortman (12 Rods, Evanescence) to record their full-length Wind-Up debut. Tomorrow Come Today arrived in April 2003 and was a progression toward accessibility. However, the new direction didn't lessen BoySetsFire's fiery political convictions in the least. The album included an incendiary political rant on its inside flap, and its controversial lyrics rankled some religious groups. A limited version of Tomorrow Come Today was also released with an accompanying DVD of live material and behind-the-scenes footage. The band toured behind Tomorrow but, soon after the record's release, lost bassist Avery, whom they replaced with Rob Ehrenbrand.

Wind-Up turned out to be a bad fit for BoySetsFire, so in summer 2005 they signed with Equal Vision (Burning Heart in Europe), which issued Before the Eulogy that fall. Their solid and eclectic fourth full-length, Misery Index: Notes from the Plague Years, followed in March 2006. Unfortunately, however, the album turned out to be their last. By the end of July, the band announced they'd be calling it quits after some final shows via a message on their website. Soon after the announcement, though, Latshaw had an accident at his construction job and suffered a broken neck, collapsed lung, and two broken vertebrae. BoySetsFire finished up their scheduled European tour with their guitar tech filling in, but waited on setting final American dates; their final show together finally occurred in early June at Philadelphia's Trocadero Theatre. In 2010 a message appeared on the band's Facebook page announcing their reunion. A full-scale European tour followed in 2011, and in 2012 the band returned to the studio to record their fifth studio album, 2013's While a Nation Sleeps. ~ Jason Ankeny & Johnny Loftus, Rovi
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I grew up with them. I remember jumping on the trampoline in the back yard and chad and nathan on the back porch playing the guitar and singing. That was probly 1994ish. I love fugazi but when bsf opened for them at the bob carpenter center in newark delaware they killed. I hate to say it but they had a better show then fugazi.
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I saw them the first time in 2003(?) @ The Graceland in Seattle. I got kicked in the head, but it was awesome.
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So good!!!!
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Oh snap, I used to love BSF. Can't really say that now but the nostalgia feeling is cool.
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natelrhodes
They came to my college like 10 years ago. It was still one of the best shows I've ever seen.
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There back together just saw them at the Worcester palladium and there new album is out called While a Nation Sleeps
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Saw them open for Pennywise years ago, been a fan ever since.
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are they done for good or possibly coming back? They need to come back if they haven't yet!
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Definitely fond memories seeing them live in phl area. Though a coming out of the closet speech loses its impact around the third time. Good for him though, def not the most tolerant audience to do that in front of....power remains the same one of my all timers.
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I saw these guys back in college more than 10 years ago! Those were my glory hardcore/pun k days.
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BSF IS A KICK A** BAND WOULD OF LOVED TO SEE THEM LIVE
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I remember when a friend of mine handed me a demo cassette of After the Eulogy. I think I listened to Rookie about 15 times in a row.
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never heard these guys before. picked it up offa quicksand radio. where have i been, b/c this is BA, raw & intense. im impressed!
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kick a** band
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conradbickis h
Amazing band. Saw them once in 06 right before they broke up, so gnarly live
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just saw that boysetsfire is gonna start playing again!!!! awesome news!!!
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oates34
Such a great band. Don't think they got the recognition they deserved.
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"Rookie" is quite possibly the best punk song I ever heard. It is easily equal to some of Bad Religion or Pennywise's finest work. All these years it still has the same affect on me.
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It's sad to see a band like this go their separate ways. I am a true metalhead to the bone, and I will tell you that "Rookie" by these guys is one of the best tunes I've ever heard.
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Are these guys... communist?
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they put out some pretty rockin stuff
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i saw these guys at the Cog Factory in Omaha in 1999. it was probably the most intense show i have ever been to. they refused to play on the stage and set up on the floor. there was virtually no boundary between the band and the audience, and i dont think anybody got hurt. best part was the show only cost $5.
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what is emo?
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tsjmaloney
My first hardcore show was in 1997 at the Troc in Philadelphia . BSF opened up for Snapcase, and my seventeen year old self was blown away. Never heard anything like it before. What a voice! I bought "The Day The Sun Went Out," took it home, and didn't like it the first time I listened to it. Then I kept listening to it, and kept listening to it, and pretty soon I liked it. It's one of a handful of hardcore albums that I've made it a point to keep around.
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dragonforce sucks, they wanted to introduce something to you that didn't?
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:( R.I.P.
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wth? i got the song last years nest on my dragonforce station. great band but idk how its like dragonforce. ideas, anyone?
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revillc
This band changed my life, for the better ofcourse
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curtain call is a pretty bad azz song

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