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Obstructed View

by Fire on Your Sleeve

Jam-Based brand of Brit-Pop: With songwriting ranging from the upbeat and infectious to the luminous and heartbreaking, Fire on Your Sleeve takes the listener on a journey through different sonic landscapes ranging from folk, to britpop, to rock sounds.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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1. Jaded
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2. Top Song
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3. My Old Friend
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4. Coma
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5. Obstructed View
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6. Shine On
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7. Jennifer
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8. Forever
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9. Just A Dream
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10. Capo Song
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Album Notes
Fire On Your Sleeve


"Contrary to what the name might lead one to believe, Fire On Your Sleeve write literate, breezy music along the lines of groups like Phish or OAR - music that is refreshing and memorable. Songs like "Capo Song" (my personal favorite) and "Top Song" are two standout tracks on an impressive album. I definitely recommend this music for fans of lo-fi, oft-slow, relaxing music."
-Ryan Hoffer
A&R / Radio Promotion
Shut Eye Records & Agency

"Jam-Based Brand of Brit-Pop"
-Shepherd Express
Milwaukee, WI


Fire On Your Sleeve started in late 2004 as a studio project to flesh out the songs of singer/songwriter Ryan Matzen and guitarist Sean Williamson from their now defunct band P.H.P. started in 1999. This recording project culminated with the band Standing Noise as the backing musicians. Standing Noise is a seasoned group of improvisors, session players,and songwriters with an established telepathic musical platform. The combination of players serves to transform Ryan Matzen's exceptionally solid instincts into otherworldly compositions. Live shows are spine tingling to observe as the band undulates into magical colors and counterrhythms which pulsate and improvise through feel shifts and altered chord voicings.
Live vocal harmonies are stellar and haunting with a reminiscence of The Beatles and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

-Vocalist/Guitarist Ryan Matzen is the former bassist of the Kill-A-Watts, a national touring punk band on Rip-Off Records. He writes music and lyrics from a heartfelt standpoint and draws upon his experiences of pain and loss. Matzen's lyrics are always story-telling. His instincts are on the money as he tends to write very little throw-away material. His approaches are reminiscent of The Beatles, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, and more.

-Guitarist Sean Williamson comes from Mendrevelin, a jam band with a local contingency in the Marquette area. Sean's expertise lies beyond the typical jam band schemes. He is versed in lapsteel, fretless guitar, classical, jazz, and finger style as well as many other techniques and styles. Currently at the tender age of 23, Sean shows an aptitude beyond his years in many respects. Sean's influences range from David Gilmour, Trey Anastasio, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix as well as other greats.

-Bassist/Vocalist Sam Malaj comes from the former band Buddha which had local history as a very dangerous band. Buddha was locally acclaimed as a cross between the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Soundgarden and had upstaged countless local and regional acts with its wall of sound approach. Their demo deal with Geffen Records left them thirsting for more as the deal was squelched during a buyout of the company by Seagrams. Sam has been in every kind of band from hard rock, emo, funk, heavy metal, prog., and art/rock experimental. He engineers all of the band's recordings
as well as recordings for other local bands.

-Drummer Chad Clausen is a seasoned veteran of the local scene. From such bands as Lockjaw, Versa, G Fuzz, Drowning Star, and Tin Pan Alley among others, Chad has a special liquid-fire quality. Chad plays a four piece drum kit which always sounds like more than such. Dynamics and "big ears" are two of his philisophical staples. His influences range from Keith Moon, Stewart Copeland, Chad Smith, Josh Freese, and John Bonham just to name a few.



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Dan "The Man"

I have my fingers crossed!
I really like Obstructed View....and I have been waiting patiently for a 2nd C.D. to come out (for a while their website stated that F.O.Y.S. was in the studio?)...I am just a little worried about the band....I saw the sold out show last week but Ryan was not in the line up and they had a new keyboard seemed that the bass player was singing Ryan's lines? If Fire on Your Sleeve ever reads this could you please put some kind of update on your website? Sorry...back to the point: I Think Obstructed View ROCKS!


Hey guys! I loved Obstructed View, but I can't wait for the new disc to come out! Your new members and new tunes are going to get you far! Your live shows are great! Is the new disc going to be for sale here?
Keep up the great tunes!

T.J. M.

An original sound.
This is an amazing cd. It's not your typical power-chord garbage a lot of people listen to today. The guitar solos are sweet, the harmonies are perfect, and Matzen has a great voice. I've been listening to this cd non-stop since I got it. Looking forward to hearing more.

Linda Boyea

I love this CD! I can't stop listening!
Fire On Your Sleeve is my new favorite band! I love the way they cover so much ground as far as musical styles go, but still manage to sound original, fresh and distinctly Fire On Your Sleeve! This new CD ROCKS! The music and harmonies are Steller, but what I dig most of all are the insightful lyrics! I love all of the songs, but my favorite tracks are My Old Friend, Obstructed View and Forever!

Kate M.

Cool to see that you are on CD Baby!
It's cool to see that you are on CD Baby! It seems like such a great resource! I picked up a copy of Obstructed View at you Hurricane Katrina benefit show. It sounds great! I love the vocals and the lyrics are awesome (sounds like some one has led an interesting life)! I heard you have a new CD in the works with a few suprises! I can't wait! Keep up the awesome music!

Jeff Newbery

I recomend Obstructed View to anyone who enjoys great music!
I have been listening to Obstructed View on the drive to and from work for the past two weeks! It kicks butt! It has many elements that make it great on so many different levels! Great lyrics, great songwriting, and insane musicianship! What an awesome combination! I recomend it to anyone who enjoys great music!

Fredrick "Smiley" Smythe

Manna for the ears. Soulful. ...Superb!!!!
A blend of heartfelt vocals and life stories, wrapped in original tunes produced with well crafted and diverse musicianship. Manna for the ears. Soulful......Superb!!!!

John Stelzner

Great tunes!
Hello!, I just picked up a copy of Obstructed View! I love it! The vocals, lyrics, and lead guitar are superb! Can't wait to catch a live show!

John Knardt

I picked up your CD in Milwaukee at your B.B.C. show! I checked out your website and it linked here, so I thought I give your my 2 cents! My girlfriend and I can't get enough of Obstructed View! We love the tunes and the lyrics are spot on! We love your new tunes as well...we can't wait for the new CD! Keep On Rockn'!!!

Sarah Miller

Nice work...I like the disk very much!
I saw you guys at Treats the other night. Great show! You topped the headliner! I picked up your CD today and I think it is great! Your singer told me that you are coming out with a new disk that will have all of those great songs you played the other night. I can't wait!