“Vacations” is an energetic, highlight track off FIRE MAN‘s debut studio EP, which will have a lot of eyes on it when released. Fire Man is the post-hardcore noise rock and roll solo project of DIED guitarist Caio Brentar, well known for his YouTube channel “Punk Revolution Now!” which has over 2.5k loyal subscribers composed of dedicated punk fans. Today, we’re teaming up with FIRE MAN to give you their new music video directed by Caio Brentar, Benjamin Saccoccio, and Steven Raia, and Caio’s short, personal essay that captures the band’s ethos.
𝐹𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤 𝑃𝑢𝑛𝑘𝑠, 𝑊𝑒 𝑁𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑅𝐸𝑉𝑂𝐿𝑈𝑇𝐼𝑂𝑁!
There is no denying we live in revolutionary times. Between the rapid advancement of powerful technologies, the ongoing impact of globalization, the decline of our long-trusted political institutions, reactionary ideologies taking grip across the planet, the global pandemic, the crisis of climate change, and the enduring economic recession, we live in a moment so intense it is nauseating, devastating, and frankly makes the end of human civilization as we know it feel like a tangible threat. There is no easy solution to all of this, but we aren’t necessarily doomed. There is a way out.
𝑊𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑎 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑁𝑂𝑊!
Revolution is not easy. But it has been done before! Successful ones that genuinely make the world a better place. We can do it again. We need to do it again for our survival.
𝑆𝑜 𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑑𝑜𝑒𝑠 𝑎 𝑃𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑅𝑒𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑖𝑙?
I have no doubt in my mind that culture, crisis, and revolution are intrinsically linked. I am not the first person to acknowledge this. Understanding this connection is an important part of the equation to getting the hell out of this mess. In the case of the punk revolution, the emphasis will be on music, although I hope the punk revolution will inspire shifts to take place on a much wider scale across all mediums.
𝑃𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑙 𝑜𝑓 𝑟𝑜𝑐𝑘 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑟𝑜𝑙𝑙. 𝐼𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑓𝑙𝑜𝑤𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑣𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑐𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑒𝑡𝑦. 𝑊𝑒 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑜𝑤𝑒𝑟 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑠 𝑛𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑟𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒.
We need a revolution, and who else is going to do it besides us punks? We need to challenge ourselves to create better music, music that will inspire, music that will shift the mindset of the entire planet, to take care of others around us, to FIGHT FOR A BETTER WORLD!
𝑊𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑎𝑠𝑐𝑖𝑠𝑚, 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑛𝑒𝑡, 𝑤𝑒 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑓𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝑢𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑛𝑙𝑦 𝑖𝑓 𝑤𝑒 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑔𝑜𝑜𝑑 𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑡𝑜 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑠 𝑝𝑜𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑏𝑙𝑒!
𝐷𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑓 𝑡𝑜 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐. 𝐷𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑤ℎ𝑦 𝑢𝑠 𝑝𝑢𝑛𝑘𝑠 𝑚𝑎𝑘𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑢𝑠𝑖𝑐 𝑤𝑒 𝑑𝑜. 𝑊𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑤𝑖𝑛. 𝑊𝑒 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑎𝑖𝑙.
𝑃𝑢𝑛𝑘 𝑅𝑒𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑢𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑁𝑂𝑊!!!!!
Although this is Fire Man’s debut EP, there’s a solid chance he may have already permanently damaged your psyche in the past couple years. As a founding member of NYC punk band Died, he’s released a number of blistering punk records worth checking out including Anonymized Internal Criminals, rated the #1 post-hardcore EP of 2018 on Rateyourmusic.com, and Less Life, currently in the top 200 albums of 2020 on RateYourMusic.com.
Fire Man has already established a solid following through Died, but in the past year, his audience has grown significantly for quite unusual reasons. Less than two years ago Fire Man started a hellish YouTube channel which is ruining his life, titled “Punk Revolution Now!”. Originally featuring music reviews and political commentary, Fire Man’s videos spiraled out of control into a nonstop stream of very odd, yet very subversive content, resulting in spats with Anthony Fantano, Negative XP, Lil Darkie, and black metal fascist Varg Vikernes. Through his unconventionally revolutionary praxis, Fire Man has helped fight fascism, spread class consciousness around the world, and develop an extremely online fan base– over 2,250 subscribers so far with an average growth of 150 new subs a month, a twitter with nearly 1,000 followers since its creation a year ago, and a “Punk Revolution Now” discord channel home to 100’s of punk rock leftists regularly chatting about how to take down the music industry (and capitalism too).
Overcoming the Cycle of Sun Collapse
Overcoming the Cycle of the Sun Collapse will be analyzed by many punk fans and haters alike. Beyond the weird YouTube shit, this is a serious EP which punk and indie rock listeners will find captivating given its long list of influences and catchy hooks. Fire Man displays a powerful drive to innovate punk rock by blending post-hardcore, hardcore punk, and indie rock together into a fast, fun, and easy to digest EP with a highly unique approach to these genres. A highlight track, The Sun, bounces between hypnotizing math-rock and good old fashioned hardcore punk, eventually deteriorating into a psychedelic post rock climax that’s equally as fun as it is chills inducing. The deeply nihilistic lyrics driving the song serve as a grim reminder of the inevitable end of humankind (“the sun is going to kill us all”) while being delivered in an infectious vocal melody atop powerful, chugging guitars.
Fire Man’s postmodern analysis of the various cycles we live through– economic collapse, mental illness, political decline, and climate disaster– are very fitting for an EP as nerdy and punk as this one. Hundreds of Punk Revolution Now fans will check this out to hear what a modern punk revolution sounds like, and so will many experimental music fans who are interested in keeping up with the best new music coming out today.