I Set My Friends On Fire

I Set My Friends On Fire

Annisokay, The Funeral Portrait, Hey Thanks!, Arabesque

Tue, July 24, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$12-15

This event is 18 and over

I Set My Friends On Fire
I Set My Friends On Fire
Fusing together older influences of emo/post hardcore with a little bit of funk thrown in, I Set My Friends On Fire aims to set themselves apart from other bands with their unique sound that the band describes as “evil funk”.

‘Pop Goes Punk’ covers are everywhere nowadays, but back in 2008 I Set My Friends On Fire were one of the first to experiment with the concept on the track “Soulja Boy”. High school seniors, Matt Mehana and Nabil Moo put the single on their Myspace as a joke and it went viral immediately. The response was so overwhelming that Myspace took down the band’s page three times because they assumed the views were increasing so quickly because of being hacked to increase plays. The duo gave it one more try with a new page and would inevitably be the beginning of something special.

After multiple offers from different labels, the band signed with Epitaph Records and before graduation they were flown to make their Bamboozle debut. Their first album, “You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter” (produced by Lee Dyess and Travis Richter of From First To Last) was released in late 2008 and hit the top of the iTunes chart and #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers. After two years of extensive touring, the band went back into the studio to record “Astral Rejection” (produced Dyess and Richter) which was a more hectic, heavier album. Before the release, Moo decided to leave the band and Mehana was left as the only original member.

I Set My Friends On Fire has spent extensive time on the road. The band was the most anticipated band on Warped Tour 2009 and was featured on the tour in 2011. Their impressive tour history has included international shows in Europe, Russia, Canada, U.K, Australia as well as all over the United States. Other notable festivals include South By So What, UnSilent Night and Never Say Never Festival. I Set My Friends On Fire have shared the stage with bands like Attack Attack, Cash Cash, We Came As Romans, Of Mice and Men, Dance Gavin Dance, Silverstein, Sleeping With Sirens and many more.

2015 brought new changes to the band. After using different touring musicians, Mehana announced the band was no longer just him and brought in long time friends to round out the lineup. Guitarists Nate Blasdell (The Bunny, The Bear) and Jonathan Rosell, Bassist Joe Mosey (Lights Out Paris) and Drummer Josh Miller (The Last Ten Seconds of Life) would then go on to play over 170 shows, in 123 cities, through 24 countries in 250 days. This included the U.K, mainland Europe, Russia, Australia, Canada, and numerous U.S tours. After relentless touring, Miller and Mosey decided to leave the band. Chris Thompson and Connor Mitchener joined the band solidifying the current lineup and announced the release of the 3rd album, “Caterpillar Sex” (produced by Mehana) was delayed indefinitely as the band was constantly touring.

The band announced in July 2016 that they would be taking a three month break from touring after the summer to finish the album to be released at the end of the year. In December 2016, I Set My Friends On Fire signed with Tragic Hero Records after being independent for the past year. The band explained how the partnership was a perfect fit, “[Tragic Hero] was one of many labels we met with, but a label that loved us for what we were, had faith in our crazy ideas, and truly wanted what was best for us, which was allowing us to have creative control. It was without question that Tragic Hero was going to be our new home”.

In addition to the signing announcement, I Set My Friends On Fire released their first video in four years with the new single, “My Uzi Holds A Hundred Round Conscience” off their fourth studio album (to be released in Summer 2017). The record will bring the band back to their roots and the original ISMFOF sound but with a twist.
Annisokay
Annisokay
German Post-Hardcore Band from Halle. They are active since 2007.
The Funeral Portrait
The Funeral Portrait
The Funeral Portrait is a four-piece emotional rock outfit hailing from Atlanta, Georgia. Consisting of Lee Jennings (vocals), Cody W. (guitar), Robert Weston (bass), and Homer (drums). The band blends elements of rock and roll, punk rock, and theatre all under a blanket of pop sensibility as they paint their stories of love, loss, anger, and grief onto a canvas of skillfully crafted songs. The Funeral Portrait hit the ground running in late 2014 and since then has done over 18 tours shared the road with Alesana, Islander, Capture The Crown, Famous Last Words, Davey Suicide, I Wrestled A Bear Once, along with playing shows along the way with Issues, PVRIS, Escape The Fate, Slaves and more.
Hey Thanks!
Hey Thanks!
Hey Thanks! is a pop punk band from the heart of Cajun country: Lafayette, Louisiana. Growing up in the boot state means being constantly bombarded with swamp pop and zydeco music. This caused the boys of Hey Thanks! to flock to alternative music at an early age, such as Green Day, Blink 182, Sum 41 and New Found Glory just to name a few. Trevor (drums), Joe (rhythm guitar), Jaron (lead guitar), and Alex (bass) were all best friends throughout high school. Even though they were all in different bands, they spent weekends together writing ironic songs and playing Yu-Gi-Oh (yes the card game…don’t laugh). The four boys left their small town of Lockport, Louisiana and moved to Lafayette to attend college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In September of 2015, they met up with Travis (vocals) who had just recently left his former band. Not only did they guys love Travis' vocal style from the instant they heard it, they also loved how perfectly his personality gelled with all of them.
The boys soon had songs flowing out of them naturally and, before they knew it, had a full album written. They wrote songs that saluted the greats of pop punk that they all grew up idolizing, but also incorporate modern elements of the genre from bands like State Champs and The Story So Far. Wanting to start off the new year strong, Hey Thanks! put out their self-released first full length album “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back” on January 29th, 2016. According to Sound, Phrase & Fury, the album, “boasts a heavy dose of addicting catchy tunes reminiscent of early Handguns and The Wonder Years.” To support the album the band started playing live shows, which have been described as “a tightly-clenched fist of punchy pop-punk” by The Vermillion newspaper. After a busy 6 months, the band won the Ernie Ball Play Warped Tour contest and were invited to open up the main stage of the Vans Warped Tour when it passed through New Orleans in July of 2016. Hey Thanks! is currently spending some quality time in the pop punk kitchen cooking up a new record to be released in 2017.
Arabesque
Arabesque
German disco group active from 1977 to 1986; re-activate in 2006.
Michaela Rose is the only member remaining after a change of line-up that occurred after the first album by the group.
They didn't have much success in their homeland during their active period, but found really big success in Japan, USSR and Eastern Europe.
Lead singer Sandra would later find international fame as a solo artist in collaboration with Michael Cretu, while Jasmin Elizabeth Vetter and Michaela Rose would continue recording after Arabesque split, as Rouge (4).
Venue Information:
Gasa Gasa
4920 Freret St
New Orleans, LA, 70115
http://www.gasagasa.com/