SET ME ON FIRE INTERVIEW
SETMEONFIRE are a Sci-Fi Dad Rock band from Sydney. The band has four members Cameron Eyre, Oliver Freeth, Stuart Pearson and Kieran Jackson. "For those unawares, Sydney locals SETMEONFIRE pull together alt-rock, synthetic wobbles and basslines, drum & bass moments, heavy metallic guitars, electronic atmospherics – creating a mixing pot sound of genres and futuristic soundscapes in the process. These are sounds and ideas that the NSW outfit has really channeled into their newest EP, ‘Signs Of Life‘."
We got to speak to Setmeonfire about their up comming tour and more.
TM - What can fans expect from your Australian Tour?
SMOF - Us riffing away to some sci-fi dad-rock tunes and having a smashing time! We're going to absolutely send it on this tour. Be there or be square.
TM - How did you pick your setlist from touring?
SMOF - We're just playing the best songs from the new album but that's hard: they're all great songs. I'm not going to reveal too much about the setlist for this tour. Want to know what we pick?
Buy a goddamn ticket!
I also don't want to get anyone's hopes up, but we may or may not be doing a cover of Limp Bizkit's Hot Dog. No one asked Fred Durst to send it as hard as he did in that particular song and I really respect that. The guy is a living legend and we want to pay tribute to his legacy as an artist. Absolute KING!
TM - You brought out your new album, how have fans responded?
SMOF - Our fans have been really loving Lowtech so far! And so they should, it's a really good album. I feel like reviewers will really lose their minds over it as time goes, even really negative people like that Kill Your Stereo guy.
TM - What was the recording and writing process of your new album?
SMOF - Well, because I am the sole dad in the band, I wrote and recorded everything, and it's basically my album in a sense. It's very personal to me, and I was the one with the real vision for Low tech. No one else could make this album, it had to be me, I had to send it. That Lance Prenc guy just hit record and moved some faders up and down while I helped mold the real gold of the songs - he just polished my genius a little.
TM - Who designed your album cover for your new album and what is the meaning behind it?
SMOF - I've honestly forgotten who made the album cover but I do remember paying them for their time and effort. Thank you to whoever it was, you did indeed send it.
As for the meaning, it's a really heady concept so stay with me. It's pretty much me saying that humans are weak and lowly, we're the low tech. We need to really rise above our toxic and caustic human nature and truly send it to the machines that we've built that have given our lives and society so much. Basically, I watched all of the Terminator films in a single night and noticed the common denominator was always people. People suck. You suck. I suck. We all suck. People definitely do not send it.
TM - Your new video clip for Patterns is politically and so are the lyrics, what inspired you to write a song about the gun problems across the world and who made the video?
SMOF - Ben from Third Eye Visuals helped me make the video and he sent it. Even though I just sent him all of the snippets and he did a quick edit job for the texts. I also think it's quite clear why I wanted to write a song about the abhorrent thinking of idolising guns that we see in the West, mainly America. Pay attention, follow the money, hear what the utter nutters are saying, and it's clear to me this is an issue that should be talked about to a greater length in music. I mean, if guns are so good how come there's not a Guns 2? Checkmate NRA.
And look, even if people disagree with the message and think that we're idiots, they still listened to it and gave the video views, so you tell me who the real dweebs are? I'm wiping away tears over their comments with literal dollars.
TWINMUSIX SIGNATURE QUESTION- If you could have any band perform one of your songs, which band would it be, which song would it be and would it be in your style or theirs?
SMOF - Signature questions? Now we're fucking getting somewhere! This might just be the best interview I've had for this album cycle so far!
To answer your question: caution: thieves. They're this really cool band from Melbourne who have clearly listened to far too much Alexisonfire and Circa Survive, but I think they'd be able to reimagine our songs into early-2000's post-hardcore songs that don't suck. I think they'd do Creature really well. Not as good as us, though, of course. We send it so well.
TM - If you could collaborate with any band, who would it be and why?
SMOF - Limp Bizkit. Cause I just need to Break some Stuff whilst Fred Durst sends it in the vocal booth.
TM - What is your favourite memory watching a different band perform live?
SMOF - Limp Bizkit at Download Festival 2018. Marry me, Fred Durst. They sent it so hard.
TM - What is your favourite tour memory, can you tell us a story?
SMOF - Please see above. I just send Limp Bizkit so much. You should too. [If you don't, I would like to formally ask that this interview never be published.
TM - What advice would you give to any up and coming bands?
SMOF - Don't be shit, put more work in, or otherwise you' will never fully send it.
TM - Is there anything else you would like to say to your fans?
SMOF - Buy my new record so I can purchase more coffee and then post about it on Facebook because I'm oh so quirky. I also have a new kid on the way and spreading my seed out into the world one womb at a time isn't cheap or easy, let me tell you!
Fans, friends, family: never forget to send it.
TM - Thank you for your insightful and interesting questions!