I Would Set Myself On Fire For You
I Would Set Myself On Fire For You


3.5
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Review

by Electric Ocean USER (3 Reviews)
June 13th, 2005 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


I Would Set Myself On Fire For You - Self-Titled

The first major decision in the formation of any band is surely their name; this mission statement, their opening gambit. This is what many people will form their opinion of the band with, and this is where, in many peoples opinions I Would Set Myself On Fire For You falls at the first hurdle. Conjuring images of some melodramatic angst-ridden teenage relationship, this is often a major turn-off for any potential listeners of the band. However, this could be their blessing as well as their curse, as this moniker is what first drew me to the band. I wanted to see why a band would sum themselves up with such a cringe-worthy sentence, and to be honest I’m glad I did, because for the most part, it’s irrelevant.

Georgia’s I Would Set Myself On Fire For You were formed some time around 2000(though exact details are hard to find) and released this Self-Titled full length in 2003. Their sound is largely comprised of some old school emo elements combined with some of modern screamo with a viola thrown in for good measure. This presence of a viola often garners them with comparison their fellow Georgia band, Portrait. This however, is not always too apparent and they largely come across as adding all the normal ingredients but coming out with something fairly original, often using acoustic guitars and the vocals of the bands’ only female member.

The first song I heard from this band was “The First Word That Comes To Mind" and I was left awestruck; It starts with the viola slowly building until several spoken lines start being repeated on top of each other, this then continues into a spoken word passage (from Kurt Vonnegut’s Time Quake) about the vastness of the universe and how light has become “Not fast enough to make any trips worth taking- in even the most unreasonable lengths of time." This continues until the whole band burst in with distorted guitars and somewhat distant screaming. Although this spoken word section may seem a little too pretentious for some, I liked it a lot. On the strength of this song I decided to purchase the rest of this album.

Although there are, to my mind, no other real standout tracks the CD, it was still a worthwhile purchase; “A Small World“ and “Chinese Freeze Tag" make for a good listen but do not surpass the highlight. This CD overall is mainly consisted of fairly epic songs, a few of which surpass the 7 minute mark. Although not entirely original, the viola and female vocals can lend some diversity and beauty to the mix while the male vocals seem quite heart-felt and desperate and this make the CD seem quite refreshing overall.

Although this album has its good points its not without its flaws either. The production could have been a little better and the vocals seem too low in the mix. I know this is a traditional “emo" trait but it’s one that I’m not a big fan of. Also , the lyrics, while largely decent, sometimes slip into an overly emotional state - although most emo bands are sometimes guilty of this. And finally, while I know it shouldn’t really make a difference, the packaging could have been a little better; it consisted only of some sheets of cardboard and a few small photo-copied pages of lyrics but I realise again that this is all part of the emo aesthetic.

Overall, despite the minor bad points, this is a largely enjoyable release which manages to convey a lot of emotion and beauty within its 40 minute runtime and I guess that the old saying is true and you really should never judge a book by its cover.


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cbmartinez
June 13th 2005


2525 Comments


Awesome review and band. "Chinese Freeze Tag" is epic.

IWSMOFFY > Portrait

Sep
June 14th 2005


297 Comments


Cool review. I liked The First Word That Comes To Mind a lot. I might download this or something.

Coup__D_Etat
July 13th 2005


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fell through my letterbox today It's a good album, and I like the mix of ambient music and hardcore vocals, and I don't see whats wrong with the packaging - I think it fits in with the style of the album, and its original too... nothing like most of the stuff you can get your cds in.

Enough of the packaging though, I really like this CD. It does remind me a lot of Circle takes The Square, although like you said, the only problem is the overall mix. The vocals are really low in the mix, so its pretty hard to make them out =/

Riley12988
October 10th 2005


109 Comments


Chinese Freeze Tag is crushing.

weerez1391
April 8th 2006


89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Chinese Freeze Tag is awesome. The viola player sucks badly though.

Society Sellout
May 15th 2006


292 Comments


It's effective though. I clicked on this album review simply for the same reason the reviewer stated in the review. :P

FA
June 6th 2006


127 Comments


Great review, I'ma check this album out..

Arrakakaka
August 11th 2006


685 Comments


Chinese Freeze Tag is one of the most heartfelt songs ever.


Cygnus Inter Anates
August 11th 2006


721 Comments


I don't have this, but Believes in Patterns is okay.

Thor
August 11th 2006


10200 Comments


I know that this is really immature, but I can't help but laugh at the band's name.

Arrakakaka
August 11th 2006


685 Comments


I know that this is really immature, but I can't help but laugh at the band's name.


(// .)

(Tear)

tearsofthesoul
September 4th 2006


16 Comments


Sure, the bands name makes you wonder, but it drew me in, and tbh what's in the name of a band? I'm going to check out some of thier music and see what it's like. Any reccomended tracks?

Coup__D_Etat
September 5th 2006


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'The First Word That Comes To Mind' is amazing, so you could try that

although if you prefer cleaner production, try 'Three' off the new album 'Believes In Patterns,' it's a re-recording of the same song, although it kinda lacks the intensity of the original

tearsofthesoul
September 7th 2006


16 Comments


awsome i'll try them both i'm quite into songs with intensity, i like CTTS, DEP, they are pretty intense Imo but i'll try them two and see what I think about buying the album, cheers for reccomending.

canadapantsman
September 22nd 2006


236 Comments


I remember not thinking this was anything special but i shall check again if it is rated almost as highly as city of caterpillar

Intransit
October 10th 2006


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this band is soooooo goood

the viola with the chick vocalist and just the all around asskickery of the band in general. I love it.

Jack Wilson
November 1st 2006


313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Chinese Freeze Tag is awesome. i love iwsmoffy, i need to get believes in patterns.

711
March 14th 2007


1341 Comments


Stunning. Simply stunning.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
March 14th 2007


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Really still not that good.

711
March 14th 2007


1341 Comments


Well, I thought it was beautiful. It may not be the most origional thing out there but it is just wonderful, emotional music for me.
What dont you like about it?



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