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.
Set Fire To Flames telegraphs in negative/mouths trapped in static
Small Steps Against Inertia/Echo Of A Dead End
Measure de Mesure
Holy Throat Hiss Tracts To The Sedative Hypnotic
When Sorrow Shoots Her Darts
Kill Fatigue Frequencies
In Prelight Isolate
Tehran In Seizure/Telegraphs In Negative
Your Guts Are Like Mine
Fukt Perkusiv/Something About Bad Drugs, Schizophrenics And Grain Silos...
Something About Eva Mattes In The Halo Of Exploding Street Lamps...
Buzz Of Barn Flies Like Faulty Electronics
And The Birds Are About To Bust Their Guts With Singing
Rites Of Spring Reverb
Mouths Trapped In Static
This Thing Between Us Is A Rickety Bridge Of Impossible Crossing/Bonfires For Nobody...
Set Fire To Flames sings reign rebuilder
Vienna Arcweld/Fucked Gamelan/Rigid Tracking
Steal Compass/Drive North/Disappear
Wild Dogs Of The Thunderbolt/'they cannot lock me up...i am eternally free...' (From Lips Of Lying Dying Wonder Body #2)
There Is No Dance In Frequency And Balance
Côte D'Abrahams Roomtone/'what's going on...'(From Lips Of Lying Dying Wonder Body #3)
Love Song For 15 Ontario (w/ Singing Police Car)
When I First Get To Phoenix
Shit-Heap Gloria Of The New Town Planning
Two Tears in a Bucket
Fading Lights Are Fading/Reign Rebuilder [Tail Out]