Friday, February 6, 2015

STILL ESSENTIAL LISTENING: BOYSETSFIRE


With Still Essential Listening, we asked a few of the band members playing the Sonny benefit show in March which albums or bands are still in regular rotation for them.

Clinton Sawicz - Cherem/City to City

BOYSETSFIRE - This Crying, This Screaming, My Voice is Being Born

I first heard BoySetsFire on a mixed tape a friend had made me, around '95-ish. I went and bought This Crying, This Screaming, My Voice Is Being Born as soon as I could. The recording quality was poor but it almost helped magnify the raw emotion of the record. Since the first time I heard the beginning riff of "Vehicle" I have been a BSF fan. The way this band melds together aggression and melody is something I've heard tried by many, but only accomplished by a few bands. I have listened to BSF almost every day since then. Each new release is like a checklist of what the listener should be enraged about, with songs about; body image, class struggle, domestic abuse, sexual harassment/abuse, and socio/political issues. This band has influenced books I've read, other bands I've gotten into, movements I've become involved with, and the way I play the drums for just shy of 2 decades. I can write a novel about how listening to and watching this band has helped shape me as a person.

Also see:
-You and I
-The Assistant

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