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Boy Sets Fire

Boy Sets Fire: Tomorrow Come TodayTomorrow Come Today (2003)
Windup Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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To quote the wonderful 50 Cent, I love this like a fat kid love cake. As you all probably already know, over a year ago Boy Sets Fire made the eye-opening switch to Wind-Up Records, home of Creed and Finger Eleven. I think that a decent amount of their past fans lost a bit of respect for them at.
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To quote the wonderful 50 Cent, I love this like a fat kid love cake. As you all probably already know, over a year ago Boy Sets Fire made the eye-opening switch to Wind-Up Records, home of Creed and Finger Eleven. I think that a decent amount of their past fans lost a bit of respect for them at that point, but I decided to let the music do the talking, and judge from there. Their EP, Live For Today showed us a new, more polished Boy Sets Fire, more mature and structurally-aware than ever before. The songs on it were top-notch though, and erased any doubt that this band had "sold out". Two of the studio recordings from it, "Release The Dogs" and "Bathory's Sainthood" appear on this album, as well as a new studio recording of "Handful Of Redemption", a song that appeared as a live track on the EP. That being said, my expectations for this CD were high, especially considering how good I know they can be (see: The Day The Sun Went Out or After The Eulogy, my favorite CD of all time), and how tight their newer recordings and live show are (hint: see them live).

The first thing I noticed upon listening to this CD was the level of maturity that BSF has reached. The songs are now more structured than ever before, but never boring. The new tracks make songs from After The Eulogy look almost amateur-ish. Yes, the riffs aren't as heavy or technical, but they've been replaced by tighter, catchier guitar pieces and bridges. I also noticed how much better lead vocalist Nathan Gray sounds. His work on past albums has put him into the category of one of the best lead vocalists I've ever heard, but on this latest effort, it's almost insane how much better he sounds, especially when you thought he was at his peak. There is also a major increase in the amount of back-up vocals by guitarist Chad Istvan. It allows for a good amount of harmonizing in all the right places, giving the album extra depth where old BSF music previously lacked. The lyrics are still very politically-charged, with topics ranging from the government, to the economy, to the impending war with Iraq. To call this CD a political statement would be an understatement. After a few full listens, I wouldn't call Tomorrow Come Today as good as After The Eulogy, but it strongly rivals it.

Boy Sets Fire has a knack for opening their albums with major ass-kickers or songs. Tomorrow Comes Today follows suit, with "Eviction Article", which pretty much rips shit up. It's definitely the most intense song on the CD, with a nasty screaming breakdown and very politically-aware lyrics ( "The blood is on your hands - like stealing motherfuckers - the constitution burns - to ash in front of you - the people know - what you are up to - your sins will come back on you"). "Last Year's Nest" was a song that the boys started playing live over a year ago. It sounded great then, and it sounds even better now. The piano bridge and soaring vocals make this one of the top three songs on the CD. "Full Color Guilt" is the first step into the melody of Boy Sets Fire, with excellent harmonizing between Nathan and Chad in the chorus. The aforementioned "Bathory's Sainthood", from Live For Today, is the same version that appeared on the EP, which disappoints me a little bit, but it is forgivable. If you haven't heard it already, it starts with an almost Tool-esque bass riff, and has the anthemic lyric "Do we really want - do we really need - a bastard messiah?" "Dying On Principle" brings back the rock with excellent drumming by Matt Krupanski, but it is one of the weaker tracks on the CD. One of the live tracks on Live For Today, "Handful Of Redemption" is good, and terribly catchy, but it is much, much better live. "Release The Dogs" is another ass-kicker, and very September 11th-influenced. It is a crowd favorite when played live. "Foundations To Burn" is lost in the flood somehow. Don't get me wrong, it's a good song, but just not as good as previous tracks. Track nine, "Management Vs. Labor", is probably my favorite song on this album. It is very bass-heavy, and the last minute of this song is absolutely brilliant. I would say that this one minute alone really solidifies the fact that Boy Sets Fire is the most vocally sound band currently in existence. The next two tracks, "High Wire Escape Artist" and "White Wedding Dress" are decent and painfully mediocre, respectively. The former has a good breakdown, but nothing stands out on "White Wedding Dress". It almost seems filler, which is disappointing, because the band played this song at live shows over a year and a half ago. The final track, "On In Five", is actually two tracks in one, with the hidden "With Every Intention" starting about two minutes after "On In Five" ends. "On In Five" is very reminiscent of "The Force Majeure" from After The Eulogy in the sense that both songs have pretty similar riffs and screams, only "On In Five" adds some singing to the mix. "With Every Intention" is a totally different story, however. Why this song wasn't given its own track is beyond me, because it sure deserves it. It is by far BSF's softest song to date, and it is this album's "My Life In The Knife Trade". The vocal work on this track is absolutely outstanding, dare I say orgasmic. You'd think I was exaggerating, but it's really that damn good. It is a great way to close out a great album.

While this album does have it's weaker moments, the strong moments more than outweigh them. While the tracks on this CD are outstanding, I'd bet my money on the fact that they are probably ten times better when played live. It's just extra incentive to go see them when they come around to your town. As far as I can see, you'd be hard pressed to find a better band with a tighter sound. As of right now, this is my album of 2003.

Standout Tracks:
"Eviction Article"
"Last Year's Nest"
"Management Vs. Labor"
"With Every Intention"

 

 
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Anonymous (June 18, 2005)

bsf rulez after the concert in belgrade chad gave me his t-shirt...marina

Anonymous (September 15, 2004)

this message board is one of the larger wastes of time I have ever found in my life, go listen to a song, write a song, do something with your life, stop wasting it on "punk news dot com" or other things that alert you to "relevant" things in music, and live your life. Hardcore isn't on the internet, its still in our hands...don't let it go.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

the breakdown of the first song actually is....the blood is on your hands, life stealing motherfuckers

FortyMinutesWest (April 6, 2003)

Except not at all.

jedipunk (April 6, 2003)

this really souns like a linkin park rip off

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

i wish a band would put out a record that by sheer force of a musical note would cause the collapse of a huge integrated system of control and oppression. oh wait, thats not what records are supposed to do. Fuck, in that case, if its actually just supposed to be musical expression, then the new boy sets fire is good.

but if you think records are supposed to slice, dice, and change your oil, this record fails horribly.

you people probably dont even like isis.

wyzo is so epic

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

this cd's good, not as good a cd as "After the Eulogy" but then again there's no way that could possibly ever happen. The screaming on this cd seems a little forced, to me, like he was trying to be overly intense and it just fell flat. If you're looking to get into BSF start with "After the Eulogy", then "The Day the Sun Went Out", and then this, after you have those just download all the rest of their ep's and shit

ommaddon (April 4, 2003)

Ohhh yeah... how bout that Daredevil soundtrack! Fuel, Hoobastank, Rob Zombie, Nickelback AND Boy Sets Fire. Man...I don't even know...that's just so fucking punk rock.

- Jonathan

ommaddon (April 4, 2003)

I don't get what it is about this band. What's all the fuss? I heard about half of the last album and a few songs off this, and I don't hear anything more than pretty good melodic metal.

For the new album... what I did hear sounded better recorded (maybe too good)...crisp, loud guitar lines, more 80s esque deeply layered chanting choruses. Maybe it's just because I'm not really into metal... I don't hear anything to start a frenzy over here.

- Jonathan

Geetarchick (April 3, 2003)

The DVD... is disappointing. C'mon its fucking censored for crying out loud. AND they didnt show them playing After the Eulogy OR Eviction Article. Weak.

The album though is damn good. I wouldnt quite say its the best, but the songs stick in your head.

Anonymous (April 3, 2003)

it isn't e-bro, it's bro-mo.

Anonymous (April 3, 2003)

solid album, HORRIBLE production. Also the Cradle of Filth type screamy bit in Release the Dogs is embarrassing! Good album overall though!

Anonymous (April 3, 2003)

This new BSF shit is SOOO bad!!! I'm trying to figure out if you people are serious or not by saying that this album is the best release so far. It is overproduced generic crap!! Ever since Daryl (sp?) left this band they've SUCKED!

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Forgot to add Form Of Rocket, that will surely rock my 2003 top list, no matter what.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Whoa, I never expected anyone to mention the Exploding Hearts on this website, especially since the drummer lived at my friends house for a while. People have heard of them? That's cool.

I claim The Lawrence Arms new CD as the best of the year. Yeah, that's right, they haven't recorded the demos yet.

Beltones too, and noone knows what the hell is happening with that one.

-El Vaquero

evildeadalive (April 2, 2003)

This score is for the Cripples.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

I personally haven't heard them, but will listen based on your comment. I just hate asses who try to make smaller bands seem hipper by jabbing at bands that are a little more well-known. Its really fucking lame. But again, thanks for the recommendations.

-sickboi

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

It's a shame people aren't familiar with Dirtnap Records. The Briefs, Exploding Hearts, The Epoxies, The Spits, the Cripples, etc. Best bands right now.
www.dirtnaprecs.com

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Sorry, I don't read much Maximum RockNRoll bro, I don't like for some pretentious ass to tell me whats punk. You just sank yourself with that comment jerky.

-sickboi

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Yes! The Exploding Hearts are the best! The Pacific Northwest rules! "Shit you haven't heard and then scream DIY!" Sickboi needs to start paying attention to punk than whatever shit he's listening to now!! The Exploding Hears have been constantly written up in MaximumRockNRoll the past year! Start paying attention to relevent bands!

-Greg B.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

I love these dudes who like to drop names of shit you haven't heard and then scream "DIY!". Dork. I bet you $100 that if Mr. Brett offered to pick your pal's band up they would jump in a heartbeat. Dork.

-sickboi

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Boy Sets Fire.. Ha! Linkin Park wannabes.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Everybody seems to like to talk about best albums released this year...screw Boy Sets Fire. Rise Agaist is forgetable and not the future of hardcore despite what Scott thinks. The new F-Minus is okay. I don't care about Radiohead. The best album this year is The Exploding Heart's "Guitar Romantic." Learn it and live it--DIY. Released on CD format this year by Dirtnap (best label right now), released last year exclusively on vinyl by Screaming Apple.

--John

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

I'd have to say that so far this year these are the best albums- F Minus, Rise Against, Blood Brothers, Pistol Grip, and Death By Stereo. I know that's pretty vague, but they are all pretty great releases. I'd say that the new F Minus is so fresh due to it's heavier elements, it has a real explosive sound. The Blood Brothers are an aquired taste, but I think the release is a breath of fresh hardcore air and excellent if you can get into their sound. The new Pistol Grip album is full of great songs. The new Rise Against is, as expected, excellent. DBS new album is great. Now I'm just waiting for the mighty Good Riddance to give me a true #1, I gotta hear that new record! Post a damn mp3!!!!

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

This CD is great and probably my favorite so far this year, but the Rise Agaisnt album will blow this one away

FortyMinutesWest (April 2, 2003)

Does the new Methadones sound like Ill At Ease?

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Hey there-I said best SO FAR. I'm sorry I like hardcore punk and that is a damn good record. Anyway, I just mentioned that cos the reviewer said he felt BSF's was the best SO FAR this year. In any case, I'm happy I could make you laugh. That's what I'm here for, doll. I'll give you another laugh-I like the Methadones' new one too! Whoa I'll keep 'em coming for you.
Cheers
-J

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

Radiohead has nothing to do with emo, but I do like them. And I agree, F minus did put out a good punk rock record. It's not groundbreaking but it's still good.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

" I think F-minus' record is the best of 2003 so far"

Janelle, thanks for the morning laugh! I dont see how anyone can say that a standout album has been released yet. From what Ive heard so far, the new Radiohead is where its at. I know this doesnt make me very punk rock, im soo emo.

fashioncore4life,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

You're right. I'm not! Good for you.
-J

Geetarchick (April 2, 2003)

I think this album really shows the progression this band's made. nicely structured album; great tunes. go buy it.

Anonymous (April 2, 2003)

This band is pretty weak.

i saw them at deconstruction a couple of years. they aint nothing special

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

I wrote this review, and I forgot to talk about the DVD...stupid me...

It has 11 songs, behind-the-scenes, and Nathan talking about the meanings behind the songs. The sound quality is excellent and it's just a great extra.

And BSF doesn't have any available mp3's off the new CD.

waste_elite (April 1, 2003)

"So what. I'm a Communist."

no you aren't

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

If I reviewed the 50 Cent CD, would it get posted here? C'mon man Jam Master Jay (RIP) laid down some of the beats on that. Not to mention Ja Rule and "Fity" hate each other. That should help eliminate two problems.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(When your car breaks down and you drive your mom's you're forced to listen to mainstream radio...and it sucks!)

moldy (April 1, 2003)

"if you listen to 50 Cent, and you're over 12, shame on you"-buddyhead

eyeball_kid (April 1, 2003)

The 10 is for a singer that sounds like the Cookie Monster.

sometimes buddyhead rules.

pwfanatic (April 1, 2003)

just the fact that the dvd has them playing 7 or eight songs makes buying this cd entirely worth it.

FortyMinutesWest (April 1, 2003)

This will be a good month for music. BSF, Rise Against, Death by Stereo, Fordirelifesake, and the Red Chord.

pwfanatic (April 1, 2003)

this is one of the best albums of the year so far.

FortyMinutesWest (April 1, 2003)

Communism is the way to go. Look at the Smurfs, they were communist and they got along just fine.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

So what. I'm a Communist. Anyway, I think F-minus' record is the best of 2003 so far.
-Janelle

FortyMinutesWest (April 1, 2003)

"Sauce my ass"

For some reason, I find that phrase to be deeply disturbing.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

Sauce my ass....that was all rock baby.

-sickboi

FortyMinutesWest (April 1, 2003)

Jake the Snake Roberts was a preacher, then he got on the sauce again....

pope_schlomo (April 1, 2003)

when is superstar billy graham gonna come out to preach or give a flying body splash.

Ramo
(can't even stand seeing my own church on public acess)

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

Mmmm, the 700 Club.

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(Eh)

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

hah! comment of the day award.

-sickboi

FortyMinutesWest (April 1, 2003)

I'd like to punch Aaron Icarus, but he'd probably just whine about how unoriginal it was.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

Hopefully this CD will shut up all the retard sell-out whiners...not just with BSF, but all our bands signing to majors.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

I love Wind-Up's warning on the back of the cd. They allow artists to express themselves but do not necessarily agree with the opinions of Boy Sets Fire. Hee-hee. Sounds like the warning before the 700 club comes on.

-sickboi

waste_elite (April 1, 2003)

oops

waste_elite (April 1, 2003)

love em or hate em, props to buddyhead for the term

this Ebro at its finest

FortyMinutesWest (April 1, 2003)

Pearl Jam sounds like Creed.

turdcorn (April 1, 2003)

If you like Creed, You're gonna love this!

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

A few things:

Better than After The Eulogy? No way. Not even close.

Thanks for a solid review for once.

Thank god they jumped Victory's shitty ship.

Why isnt my pee yellow anymore?

apennyforyourthoughts,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

Ramo beat me to it, in da club I give this review a good score because he made we want to go out and buy this CD, but I can't, I need new tires for my car. Ya know, so I can "bounce on twenty fo's." Uh huh, uh huh, you know what I'm talking about Wangstas. Don't act like you don't know who we be, we be in the club all the time...Haha!

- Scott
http://www.local-felons.com/
(I really do have the 50 Cent CD)

pope_schlomo (April 1, 2003)

i give it a ten for the 50 cent quote.

Ramo
(you fuckin wankstas)

FortyMinutesWest (April 1, 2003)

Who cares if they're communists?

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

whoever said that bsf is a great outlet for times like these? wtf does that mean. they're communists.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

there too simple now, playing nu-metal riffs

maverick (April 1, 2003)

This is worth it just for the DVD. The live show at the Troc on here rules.

-Scott

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

prob not sickboi, nothin doin in the best buy ad

-inagreendase (too lazy to sign in)

FortyMinutesWest (April 1, 2003)

I don't think this is really any less technical than their other CDs, slightly less heavy maybe. Overall, pretty solid.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

Does anyone know if this has a special price anywhere?

-sickboi

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

I still like them, but after they signed with Wind Up it made the long paragraph on the disc The Day The Sun Went Out praising the DIY ethic seem a little...insincere.

Oh yea, Mumia is still guilty as shit.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

This album was much better than I expected, but I don't think it is better than After the Eulogy. I also must note that I really dislike the production on this disc because it gives it a somewhat nu-metal feel.

Good CD though.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

Good review...I'm getting this today. BSF are still the bomb, and in times like these they are the perfect musical outlet.

Anonymous (April 1, 2003)

Great review. I was a little skeptical about them jumping Victory ship, but you're right, as long as the songs are there, what matters? Definitely gotta get my hands on this one.
-Janelle

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