Boysetsfire, Paper Arms - The holy fire is still burningIf there’s one band that has made a difference in the hardcore scene it’s BoySetsFire. Hated by some and loved by others. But the fact is that they’ve just released a comeback album which is awesome. While A Nation Sleeps is probably one of the most anticipated release in the hardcore scene. Especially since it’s not pretty cool to like BoySetsFire nowadays. Well fuck ‘em. I’ve been following the band for years and I really like the new album. So when the opportunity was there to attend their show in the legendary Dynamo club in Eindhoven. I didn’t hesitate a single moment.
The first act of the evening was Paper Arms. Quite standard hardcore in the idea of Hot Water Music. Although I have to say that the comparison mainly exists because of the vocalist who reminds me a lot of Chuck Ragan. All in all it wasn’t bad. The band did a great effort, the music was quite okay but it never exceeded from the mass. After a half an hour the band played their last tunes and make way for the band we all came to see.
When the intro tape of their latest effort sounded through the speakers the band entered the stage. Starting with ‘After The Eulogy’ they immediately made a great statement. We are back! Of course they already did some reunion shows but their latest effort underlines this comeback. After this ‘Requiem’ and ‘Release The Dogs’ made the party complete. With every word the audience is getting more and more stoked. So when their latest single ‘Closure’ passes the setlist there are already a lot of fans singing along to this song. The hype created with this song didn’t miss its goal, the video is shot during the show that BoySetsFire gave to save a local youth centre in Bavaria Germany. Luckily this is not the only song from their latest effort that has made it’s way to the setlist. Because in my humble opinion it’s been one of the best albums from BoySetsFire.
As a friend of mine said to me during the show. “It’s great to see how we all grew along with the band”. As we discussed the gray beard of Nathan when he entered the stage for the encore. Over the years the band has soften itself on the preaching side, but lyrically they’re still as strong as ever. Nowadays it’s definitely about spreading your message and have a great time while doing so. Certainly one of the better shows this year.