Published Oct 05, 2010Nineties post-hardcore fans rejoice: Boy Sets Fire are getting back together. Following a four-year hiatus that saw vocalist Nathan Gray fronting newer act the Casting Out, the Newark, DE screamo act are finally ready for their rebirth. Interestingly, the news of Gray returning to his previous punk rock venture comes on the heels of news that the Casting Out are taking a hiatus of their own.
Boy Sets Fire began in 1994, as D.I.Y. as they come, releasing albums on tiny imprints Magic Bullet and Initial before eventually rubbing shoulders with Creed and Evanescence by the time their After the Eulogy disc was released on Wind-Up in 2001. But even though the band took it to the big leagues, Gray felt they never fit in.
A blog posting the singer made [via Punknews] reads:
We were never a normal band. We never did the right things. We never looked cool. We did everything exactly the way we wanted. Trends weren't important. Being hip wasn't important. There was only two things that were important and sacrosanct; the friendship between the five members of this band, and people who we touched with our music.
Gray sums up the initial split as a matter of growing up and trying new things. While they managed to get things going post-Boy Sets Fire, the beck and call of the old unit proved too strong to resist any longer.
"We were a band for over a decade," he says. "We decided that we wanted to try different things with our lives. So we stopped playing music together. It wasn't Noel/Liam Gallagher ugly. I think we underestimated how much we would miss it"
So far there isn't too much information about the reunion to go by. Gray doesn't mention if they will be recording anytime soon, but the outfit will play their first show back December 5 in Berlin. We can only assume more dates are to follow.