City Paper is not for tourists
Epitaph signed screamo-electronica act I Set My Friends on Fire last summer on the strength of its campy screamo cover of Soulja Boy’s “Crank That,” which the band independently produced and then posted to its MySpace page. The video accumulated so many plays that MySpace administrators deactivated the band’s account three times, convinced the band was using spambots to unfairly increase the track’s play-count . Turns out the band had its fingers on the pulse of suburban tweens everywhere, who collectively go batshit-crazy over rockish covers of Soulja Boy (call it the Travis Barker Phenomenon). Despite releasing You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter to critical boos in October, Matt Mihana and Nabil Moo have yet to see their band’s fanbase skip off after the next big eyeliner-wearing, Mac-wielding thing. A few alt-types have credited the duo with infusing post-hardcore with electronica. While the rest of us find that suggestion appalling, the group is still worth seeing (because, hopefully, it won’t be around too much longer).
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