Tuesday 29 March 2016


GenresPunk / Rock / Emo / Alternative / Acoustic / Folk
Related artistsCanvas, The Haunted Continents and Heavy Breath.
CountryConnecticut USA
Years Active2001-present
Song: "Animal Strings"
Album: "The Animal Strings Album"
Year: 2006
For fans ofWaxwing, Rocky Votolato, Attack In Black, Canvas, Mansions, Criteria, City And Colour, Modern Rifles, Harvey Danger, Guiltmaker, Manchester Orchestra, Muse, Face Tomorrow, Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, Fences and Nada Surf.
Label(s): Teishu Records / Kill Normal Records / Redscroll Records / Forest Park Recordings / Burning Breeze Music / Biartz Music / The Slickest Individuals Music
This post's artist is from the March 2016 Mix. This is track #4
You can download: the March Mix#3 right here or get the new April 2016 Mix#4 here.

A few years ago I stumbled across the vocal styling of two bands that shared the same vocalist, Canvas and CALL IT ARSON, only for it to look like both had disbanded. As I sat down to write this review I came across CALL IT ARSON's youtube and new bandcamp page that were only updated in early 2016 with everything the band ever recorded. I was under the impression that CALL IT ARSON recorded 'The Animal Strings Album' and that was the extent of their written and recorded material. Good news, this is not the case. CALL IT ARSON dropped 7 "releases" over the past decade and a bit. All of them sound vaguely similar without rehashing and repeating the same songs. If you can imagine Waxwing, Mansions and Criteria playing mostly somber numbers (hmmmm, only Criteria play upbeat anyway) with relatively minimal instrumentation centered around vocals soaked in passion, much like Rocky Votolato, then this should be right up your alley. They definitely take the rock approach at times and do it very well, but it's always the vocals that really catch my attention, much like Modern Rifles, Bright Eyes and Waxwing as the crooning and warbling end up sounding fucking excellent. Considering CALL IT ARSON is still active I'm excited to hear what's next.



2002 - Friends For Life EP (stream/buy here)

2003 - FTP cdEP (does anyone have this?)

2005 - Call It Arson LP (stream/buy here)

2006 - The Animal Strings Album 12"LP (stream/buy here)

2008 - Moth Wash: The Old Flames 7"EP (stream/buy here)

2013 - Between Two Cities cdLP (stream/buy here)

2015 - Fiat Money digital single (stream/buy here)


(2015) CALL IT ARSON - "Fiat Money" (from 'F.I.A.T. Money')

(2013) CALL IT ARSON - "I Don't Have to Be Crazy" (from 'Between Two Cities')

(2008) CALL IT ARSON - "Sharpie" (from 'Moth Wash: The Old Flames')

(2006) CALL IT ARSON - "Animal Strings" (from 'The Animal Strings Album')

(2006) CALL IT ARSON - "Eliza" (from 'The Animal Strings Album')

(2005) CALL IT ARSON - "Torkamata" (from 'Call It Arson')

(2005) CALL IT ARSON - "To My Crew" (from 'Call It Arson')

(2002) CALL IT ARSON - "Murder By Nightmares" (from 'Friends For Life')


CALL IT ARSON additional links

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