“Starting Fires” starts out bright and semi-acoustic before blossoming into a powerhouse anthem of defiant self-sufficiency in the face of a doubter. With lyrics such as, “Been spending all my life wasting all my time/ Trying to paint your perfect picture,” and “I never had it all, but I never wanted it anyway,” the track crafts a distinct air of dismissive confidence as the song’s narrator strives to shirk someone else’s idea of perfection. Shortly after, the song’s title lyric, “I’ve been starting fires to burn you,” introduces a proud new attitude of contention, as if the song’s narrator is aiming only to prove this naysayer wrong. The addition of the lines, “Remember I started the fire on my own just to watch you burn,” further solidifies these sentiments.
Overall, “Starting Fires” works in much the same vein as 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Permanent Vacation,” which is itself a delightfully cheeky ode to brazen dissent from popular opinion. While the haughty I-can-do-it-all-by-myself trope is one often over-used to the point of becoming cliche, 4 Door Theatre offer a unique perspective on the inherent rebellion of youth. Thoughtfully, “Starting Fires” provokes listeners into remembering an instance of doubt in their own lives, when they too desperately wanted to “start a fire” and watch their doubter burn. More than anything, “Starting Fires”Through the catchy and charismatic masterpiece that is “Starting Fires,” 4 Door Theatre stands to show the world that, while they may be relatively new to the music scene, they’re more than on their way to being one of the pop-rock heavyweights of tomorrow.
“Starting Fires,” and the rest of 4 Door Theatre’s debut EP, Only Imagine, can be purchased here. Be sure to check 4 Door Theatre out on Facebook and Twitter.