They're Only Chasing Safety

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They're Only Chasing Safety
Underoath-Theyre Only Chasing Safety.jpg
Studio album by Underoath
Released June 15, 2004
Recorded Wisner Productions
Length 35:50
Label Solid State
Producer James Paul Wisner
Underoath chronology
The Changing of Times
(2002)The Changing of Times2002
They're Only Chasing Safety
Define the Great Line
(2006)Define the Great Line2006
Special Edition cover
Cover for the Special Edition of They're Only Chasing Safety.
Cover for the Special Edition of They're Only Chasing Safety.
Singles from They're Only Chasing Safety
  1. "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door"
    Released: 2004[5]
  2. "Reinventing Your Exit"
    Released: February 22, 2005

They're Only Chasing Safety is the fourth album by American post-hardcore band Underoath. The album was released on June 15, 2004, through Solid State Records. Prior to recording, it was ready to be recorded with Underoath founder and frontman Dallas Taylor, but instead was replaced with the band's current lead vocalist Spencer Chamberlain. It is also the first record to feature bassist Grant Brandell, who replaced William Nottke shortly after the release of The Changing of Times, and James Smith, who replaced Octavio Fernandez on rhythm guitar.[6]


Although Underoath has been described as metalcore,[7][8] a review by Alex Henderson of Allmusic classifies They're Only Chasing Safety as an alternative rock style which could be described as screamo, post-hardcore, or melodic hardcore.[1] According to Henderson, "this screamo/post-hardcore/melodic hardcore approach is quite different from full-fledged metalcore; while metalcore units like Hatebreed, Brick Bath, and Finland's notoriously ferocious Rotten Sound go right for the jugular, Underoath and similar bands prefer to mix honey with vinegar."[1] In another review, Andrew Segal of Cross Rhythms describes the album as nu metal, and said that, while on the heavier side of the rock scale, the album is well produced and "shows more signs of intelligence than the [nu-metal] genre is often credited with."[9]


The album's tracking was revealed on April 21, 2004.[10] They're Only Chasing Safety was released on June 15 through Solid State. All original version cover photography and album artwork was created by Kris McCaddon, formerly of Embodyment and Demon Hunter, and currently of The Famine. On October 4, 2004, the album was re-released through Tooth and Nail Records as a special edition, which included four bonus tracks, a bonus DVD, and new artwork and packaging designed by Converge's Jacob Bannon.[11] "Reinventing Your Exit" was released to radio on February 22, 2005.[12] In October and November, the group supported Thrice on their headlining US tour.[13]

Bonus tracks and song titles[edit]

All of the bonus tracks that are featured on the special edition of the album except for "I've Got Ten Friends and a Crowbar That Says You Ain't Gonna Do Jack" were taken from the band's session with Matt Goldman and are early pre-production demos of songs which would later grow to become the regular album tracks. "The 80's Song" is an early version of "It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door", "You're So Intricate" is an early version of "I'm Content with Losing", and "Smic Tague" is an instrumental adaptation of "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape". Prior to the release of They're Only Chasing Safety, a few of these early version tracks were used to promote the album; the song "You're So Intricate" had been featured on a Tower Records exclusive Tooth & Nail Records compilation and a demo version of "Young and Aspiring" had been posted on the Underoath website.

"I've Got Ten Friends and a Crowbar That Says You Ain't Gonna Do Jack" first appeared as the opening track on's Music on the Brain Vol. 1 compilation, which was released on July 20, 2004. The song would later appear on the 12" vinyl and Japanese versions of They're Only Chasing Safety.

The intro of "Young and Aspiring" was inspired from the intro of the Pantera song "Suicide Note Pt. I", that appears on their eighth album, The Great Southern Trendkill.

The title of the song "Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape" is a reference to the 1999 film Magnolia, where it can be seen in the synopsis on the DVD case.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Cross Rhythms7/10 stars[9]
HM Magazinefavorable[14]
Jesus Freak Hideout4.5/5 stars[15]
Music Emissions5/5 stars[2]
The Phantom Tollboothpositive[3]

As of 2005, They're Only Chasing Safety sold more than 218,000 copies, with the re-release selling an additional 279,000 copies, making a combined sales of more than 500,000 copies in the US alone.[16] On December 21, 2011, it was announced that the album had been certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of 500,000 copies.[17]

In 2005, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 36th GMA Dove Awards,[18]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Aaron Gillespie and Spencer Chamberlain, except where noted; all music composed by Underoath.

1."Young and Aspiring"Gillespie, Chamberlain, Underoath3:04
2."A Boy Brushed Red Living in Black and White"Gillespie, Chamberlain, McTague, Underoath4:28
3."The Impact of Reason"Gillespie, Chamberlain, Underoath3:23
4."Reinventing Your Exit"Dallas Taylor, Gillespie, Underoath4:22
5."The Blue Note" (instrumental)Gillespie, Chamberlain, Underoath0:51
6."It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door"Gillespie, Chamberlain, Underoath3:58
7."Down, Set, Go"Gillespie, Chamberlain, Underoath3:44
8."I Don't Feel Very Receptive Today"Gillespie, Chamberlain, Underoath3:42
9."I'm Content with Losing"Gillespie, Chamberlain, Underoath3:55
10."Some Will Seek Forgiveness, Others Escape" (featuring Aaron Marsh of Copeland)Gillespie, Chamberlain, Marsh, Underoath4:21
Total length:35:50



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  4. ^ a b Bansal, Vik (June 28, 2004). "Underoath - They're Only Chasing Safety (Golf)". musicOMH. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Underoath It's Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door (Single)". Spirit of Metal. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Alternative Press | Bands | Underoath". Retrieved March 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Cummings, Tony (October 19, 2008). "Underoath: Metalcore hitmakers 'Lost in The Sound of Separation'". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Wildsmith, Steve. "Blessings of success make metalcore band Underoath bigger than its members". The Daily Times. Blount County Publishers LLC. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b They're Only Chasing Safety review. Cross Rhythms. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  10. ^ "". AbsolutePunk. SpinMedia. Archived from the original on November 13, 2002. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  11. ^ "They're Only Chasing Safety (Special Edition)". Solid State Records. Retrieved April 2, 2018. 
  12. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ Tecson, Brandee J (October 17, 2005). "Thrice Find Homecoming Sweet, But That Doesn't Keep Them There Long". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Underoath - They're Only Chasing Safety". HM Magazine. Archived from the original on January 6, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ Taylor, Josh (December 4, 2004). "Underoath, 'They're Only Chasing Safety' Staff Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved June 13, 2013.
  16. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (December 28, 2005). "Underoath Rock Like Slipknot, For God's Sake - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  17. ^ Ableson, Jon (August 20, 2009). "Underoath's 'They're Only Chasing Safety' Album Certified Gold". Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ Jones, Kim. "2005 Dove Awards - 36th Annual Dove Awards". Retrieved June 13, 2013.

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