NewsSeptember 14, 2005 12:15 AM ET6,911 views

Boy Sets Fire sign w/ Equal Vision

This isn't exactly breaking news, but it's now official: Boy Sets Fire have inked a deal with Equal Vision Records (and Burning Heart Records in Europe). Here's the press release: We are extremely excited and honored to announce that Boysetsfire are now *officially* part of the Equal Vision Records team! We've been friends for a very long time, and have put out a few of their releases in the past (Snapcase VS. Boysetsfire; 1999, Live For Today 10"; 2002), but now we're looking forward to the future of Boysetsfire! Check out some new demo tracks: Phone Call 4am and The Plague Please read the band's statement below: *** In times when the so called alternative or punk rock music scene makes you turn and run the other way, wishing that roots music would rise beyond slogans, marketing plans and record label mind control again, it is important to make a choice as a band or an artist in general. A choice to re-gain why you started playing music in the first place in an environment that is not only beneficial to what you're all about, but helps you push the envelope, pushes you in unknown directions and just overall supporting you in being yourself. I think we as a band have made this choice and freed ourselves from things we felt were in the way of what we wanted this band to be; emotional music instead of emo, dangerous instead of pretentious, political beyond slogans and personal beyond what's considered "cool". In the end it's us: 5 guys standing together to make this record happen. a piece of music we love, not just a collection of singles. a journey throughout the musical landscapes we care about. sometimes heavy, sometimes fragile, basically us. the essence of the band, yet definitely new ground in a lot of ways. We're proud to announce that we signed to BURNING HEART and EQUAL VISION RECORDS to put out our new album THE MISERY INDEX: NOTES FROM THE PLAGUE YEARS. We feel this goes way beyond a token business partnership. We did not check in with other labels and compare advance payment plans. Not one. This was our dream. An ideal scenario of a strong alliance and we can't wait to put this record out sometime in January 2006 and tour for it with partners like both labels. So in essence nothing has changed, yet everything has changed. We're still a difficult band to work with, we still believe in this band as a vehicle for personal and musical growth (outside of new market masturbation) and we still owe this band to never compromise. But that means we have to express ourselves exactly how we feel it's necessary. To write the same record again and again is the actual selling out. So this is different. We hope sincerely you like it as much as we do and we leave you with an embrace and a raised fist.

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