Set Fire to Flames

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Set Fire to Flames
OriginMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Experimental music
Years active2001 (2001)–2003, 2016
LabelsAlien8 Recordings, FatCat Records, P-Vine Records
Associated actsGodspeed You! Black Emperor, Hiss Tracts, Esmerine, Exhaust
WebsiteSet Fire to Flames
MembersBeckie Foon
Bruce Cawdron
Christof Migone
David Bryant
Fluffy Erskine
Gen Heistek
Gordon Krieger
Jean-Sébastien Truchy
Mike Moya
Roger Tellier-Craig
Sophie Trudeau
Speedy Weaver
Thea Pratt

Set Fire to Flames was a Canadian instrumental music ensemble consisting of thirteen musicians from Montreal, Quebec.[1] The band was often considered a side project of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, as the two groups shared several members.[2]


Set Fire to Flames was initiated by David Bryant. The group released two albums on Alien8 Recordings and FatCat Records, on their own imprint, 130701, which was set up in 2001.[3] The first album, Sings Reign Rebuilder. was released in October that year.[1]

The ensemble's second album, Telegraphs in Negative/Mouths Trapped in Static, followed in 2003.[4] It was recorded in a barn in rural Ontario; the sounds of the creaking doors and other background noises are heard behind the songs.

Both albums contain brooding, eerie music. Many of the tracks are minimalist,[1] filled with ambient noise and various other non-musical sound effects, juxtaposed or combined with instrumental music.[4] Both album cover images display the work of photographer Michael Ackerman.

A third album was recorded in collaboration with the band Jackie-O Motherfucker but never released. In 2009, a composition from the band's first album was included on a compilation album released by 130701.[5] In 2016, a previously unreleased track was issued on 130701's fifteenth-anniversary compilation Eleven Into Fifteen.




  1. ^ a b c " Set Fire to Flames Sings Reign Rebuilder Review". BBC, Dan Hill, 2002.
  2. ^ "Set Fire To Flames Sings Reign Rebuilder". Exclaim!, By Roman Sokal Nov 01, 2001
  3. ^ "Trackageddon: DiS does Singles is Dead, Insert Coin(s) to Continue". Drowned In Sound, by Sean Adams July 16th, 2015
  4. ^ a b "Hiss Tracts Shortwave Nights". Drowned in Sound, Tristan Bath May 7th, 2014
  5. ^ "Floored Memory...Fading Location". Drowned in Sound, Dom Gourlay March 9th, 2009
  6. ^ "Serendipitous Chance: Resonate Festival Reviewed". The Quietus, Tristan Bath , April 29th, 2015
  7. ^ Sings Reign Rebuilder Review,

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