How to Start a Fire

How to Start a Fire

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by Further Seems Forever
     
 
In the time since the band's 2001 debut, The Moon Is Down, ex-Further Seems Forever vocalist Chris Carrabba took his Dashboard Confessional project from the top of the indie charts to the tingling nerve endings of female hearts everywhere. But while Carrabba's departure is notable, it hasn't left Further Seems Forever

Overview

In the time since the band's 2001 debut, The Moon Is Down, ex-Further Seems Forever vocalist Chris Carrabba took his Dashboard Confessional project from the top of the indie charts to the tingling nerve endings of female hearts everywhere. But while Carrabba's departure is notable, it hasn't left Further Seems Forever high and dry. Ex-Affinity shouter Jason Gleason has stepped behind the mike, and with his help FSF has turned in a focused and fiery sophomore effort. It's the emocore equivalent of singeing an ant with a sunbeam. The band's powerful appearance on a 2002 Weezer tribute was no joke. Further Seems Forever shows off a similar melodic sense here, channeling it into the familiar more More MORE! approach favored by Tooth & Nail's stable of two-guitar combos (think Juliana Theory) or Victory's Taking Back Sunday. Kicking off with the title cut, Gleason quickly establishes his talent for expanding the ends of lines until they shake and quiver like bowstrings. "Sound" might feature some of the year's best dynamics, shifting effortlessly from a rumbling post-hardcore verse to a harmony-drenched chorus that wouldn't be out of place on a Cheap Trick record. Throughout How to Start a Fire, FSF shows off a greater understanding of formula. Their sound incorporates all of the genre's commonalities, but rousing material like "Against My Better Judgement" stays on its toes even as the levels are maxed out. Guitars scream, solos appear and disappear, and drums dance around Gleason's opaque lyrics like a prizefighter. But even if the eventual dovetail is clear up ahead, that doesn't make it any less satisfying when it arrives. There is the occasional misstep. A line like "I am the water/I am waves crashing onto you" is somewhat problematic, since it's unclear whether the band is referencing its Christian beliefs or writing a particularly melodramatic love poem. "Insincerity as an Artform" is another point where Baroque lyricisms threaten to spring a leak in How to Start a Fire. But Further Seems Forever rights the ship with strong melody and enormous rock guitar, further establishing an identity separate from both its peers and the aftereffects of Carrabba's departure. [Some initial pressings of Fire were accompanied by a ten-song Tooth & Nail sampler.]

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Tooth & Nail Records
UPC:
0724353941826
catalogNumber:
39418

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Further Seems Forever   Primary Artist
Steve Kleisath   Drums
James Paul Wisner   Guitar,Keyboards
Jason Gleason   Vocals
Derick Cordoba   Guitar

Technical Credits

Norma Mendoza   Vocal Coach
Chris Miller   Equipment Rental
Will Holland   Composer
Brandon Ebel   Executive Producer
Bill Power   Executive Producer
Bleach   Composer
Halo Friendlies   Composer
Twothirtyeight   Composer
David L. Rankin   Illustrations
Further Seems Forever   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Matt Pike   Booking
mewithoutYou   Composer
Milam Byers   Composer
Jared Byers   Composer
Jerry Morrison   Composer
Crissie Verhagen   Composer
Anberlin   Composer
James Paul Wisner   Producer,Engineer
Holland   Composer
Seth Roberts   Composer

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How to Start a Fire 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
amazing lyrics, amazing vocals, amazing instrumentals... and just an amazing album
Guest More than 1 year ago
what a cool group - they are definitely going to make it BIG!!! they are only getting better... i really enjoy Derick Cordoba's contribution to the group. His writing and playing has helped to take this group to a new level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. It's not like a punk band, which eventually gets old. It's a kind of music that makes me think everything we be alright no matter what. It makes life a lot less stressful and i thank God for these talented boys because of this!