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Would You Hug Fire?

by Not To Reason Why

First Full Length Album from Not To Reason Why. Would You Hug Fire exhibits a more mature sound than the bands EP. This album features a wide range of instrumentation including: Piano, Drums, Bass, Guitar, Trumpet, Double Bass, Cello, Viola & Violin.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Forever
4:09 $0.99
2. Bodes
8:03 $0.99
3. Monsieur
6:13 $0.99
4. Zeitgeist
6:37 $0.99
5. Aurora
7:39 $0.99
6. Give
6:06 $0.99
7. Her
4:48 $0.99
8. Ancients
11:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
*CD includes 1 piece of artwork for each song on the album. A vinyl version of this album (2 X 180 Gram LP) is also available through The vinyl includes 8 pieces of artwork (9" X 9") and comes with the CD version of the album.*

"Would You Hug Fire" is the second studio album release from the North Bay quartet Not to Reason Why. An incredibly ambitious endeavor from a group with a rather pretentious sounding name that has the audacity to play in a genre titled post-rock. While it is true that most bands operating in this genre really do believe they have moved beyond the bounds of this aged and inferior genre, this album, however, seems to seek the original embrace of that music that drives our parents crazy. Granted there are moments, for instance on their epic "Aurora", where the group indulges in that deliciously lush instrumental texturing that draws the inevitable comparison to bands like Explosions in the Sky. The majority of the music, however, makes you consider that it’s just kick ass rock and roll.

Fans of drumming are likely to be wowed by the splashy and in your face stylings of Mr. Paul Haile. In his capable hands, the drums become a lead instrument, begging for attention. Lauren Haile is really doing most of the heavy rythmic lifting on piano, creating a heartbeat for the other instruments to follow. Through the almost one hour long experience, you can feel the band really pushing and stretching their boundaries. From guitarist Ian Simpson mixing in Top Gun styled riffs on "Bodes", to the band collectively creating soundtrack ready jams like "Zeitgeist" and "Her", the expanse and scope of the project is at once fearsome and beautiful.

As if to remind you that it is not safe to take home to mom, the album finishes with a menacing note. Grimy and unyielding, "Ancients" ends the record with the menacing presence of baritone guitar and a brutally angry bass tone, created by Navid Manoochehri. This track is a little like taking on the school bully at lunch, getting your teeth kicked in and, with the song ending in a most angelic albeit slightly creepy fashion, ultimately realizing that through it all you’ve somehow managed to gain respect from your peers. Through it all "Would you Hug Fire?" shows just how much rock post-rock can possibly handle.

-Craig Tierney

"At [The Silent Ballet], we review a lot of demos, debuts, and self-released discs. Everybody gets a shot. Our reactions to smaller productions tend to fall into one of three categories: 1) It’s not very good, but thanks for sharing; 2) It’s okay, but a lot needs to change; or 3) Well done, we expect the next will be even better. Holly Emblem’s 2008 review of Not to Reason Why’s Who Wants Flowers When They're Dead? is an example of the latter. All too often, artists fail to live up to expectations. Not to Reason Why is the exception, the sort of act that makes fans puff with proprietary pride: “Yes, well I was listening to them last year.” But even more importantly, Not to Reason Why is a band to wonder at, to cheer for, and to congratulate, because Would You Hug Fire? turns out to be one of the year’s stronger post-rock releases.

In order to get to this point, the Cali foursome had to do a lot of work. First, of course, they had to practice their instruments – the playing here is tight and instinctive. Second, they had to hone their compositional skills – the EP was solid, but the album is deep. Third, they had to choose a signature sound – the math rock and ambient influences described by Holly now take a back seat to post-rock (and thank God, because the genre is in desperate need of revitalization). The band also secured additional instrumentation: a trumpet on one track, strings and double bass on others. As bonuses, they released the album on vinyl and included four double-sided glossy art cards (one side for each song) with each LP and CD release. Did they leave anything out? Not really. The album looks good, feels good, and sounds good. A scented version might have been too much to ask.

Would You Hug Fire? provides eight post-rock pleasures, whose rustling, cumulative effect is astonishing. The album is upbeat and uplifting, a collection of happy compositions with a desire to inspire: fortune cookies wrapped in guitars. Each piece has a defining moment: handclaps, military drums, a tempo shift, a two-note finale, the sound of conversation, an extended piano prelude, a slowly-emerging trumpet, a false ending, followed by choir-like vocals. “Zeitgeist” rolls with unexpected power, given that it is one of the stringless tracks. The twelve-minute closer, “Ancients,” makes full use of the orchestral enhancements and easily corners the attention at the punchbowl.

...the band has doubled their appeal by releasing an album better than their EP. Suffice it to say that I’ll be buying everything they record until further notice. Last year, they were the band of the future. This year, they’ve arrived."

-Richard Allen
The Silent Ballet



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Niki Marie

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