Set Fire to Flames

Formed 1999.
Set Fire to Flames


Set Fire to Flames were a Canadian instrumental music collective started by David Bryant, consisting of thirteen musicians from Montreal. They released two albums, on Alien8 Recordings and FatCat Records.

Both albums were recorded "in states of little or no sleep, in varying levels of intoxication, and in physical confinement", with the result being brooding, eerie music. Their second album was recorded in a barn in rural Ontario; the sounds of the creaking doors and other background noise are heard in the songs. A third album was recorded in collaboration with the band Jackie-O Motherfucker but never released.

Many of their tracks are very minimalist in nature, filled with ambient noise and various other non-musical sound effects, juxtaposed or combined with instrumental music.

Both album cover images were taken from the work of photographer Michael Ackerman.

The band is often considered a side project of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and the two musical ensembles share several members.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of telegraphs in negative/mouths trapped in static

    telegraphs in negative/mouths trapped in static 2003

    Reviewed by Peter Marsh
    Second album from Godspeed You! Black Emperor offshoot. Field recordings, goth prog...
  2. Review of Sings Reign Rebuilder

    Sings Reign Rebuilder

    Reviewed by Dan Hill
    ...there's not a lot of sweetness and light here - the tone is darker than Hotblack...
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