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Classic Album Review: Boy Sets Fire | Live for Today

The Delaware punks deliver tightly wound rock anthems & heavy metal bruisers.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Delaware emo-punks Boysetsfire are the last band you expect to see with a major-label deal.

Not that they don’t deserve it — their intelligent lyrics and musical profiency put them a couple of steps ahead of most of their competitors. But frankly, I’m always surprised when any band that deserves a break actually gets one. Kinda makes me suspicious, you know? Still, there’s nothing to fear from Live For Today, the band’s followup EP to last year’s breakthrough album After The Eulogy. This six-tracker picks up where that left off, with the boys alternating between tightly wound, chiming rock anthems and heavy-handed metal-flaked bruisers, while the lyrics to cuts like Release The Dogs fire back at their homeland’s hawkish post-9/11 mentality. “I’m no hero,” keens vocalist Nathan Gray in his soaring high register. Methinks plenty of teens will soon beg to differ.