They Liked You Better When You Were Dead is the debut Album from British post-hardcore band Fightstar. The record is inspired by author Chuck Palahniuk and the motion picture Fight Club. Guitarist, Alex Westaway drew the artwork based on Edward Norton for the inlay of the booklet. It was released on 28 February 2005 through Charlie Simpson's own Sandwich Leg Records, but was re-released on April 12, 2006 through Deep Elm Records.
All Tracks Written by: Fightstar
Following much abuse and criticism following the band's emergance due to Charlie Simpson's past, things began to turn in the band's favour. A string of positive reviews to early gig's were followed by a good reaction to the albums release:
"Fightstar is rapidly becoming a convincing part of the post-hardcore firmament and rock fans are jumping on board. Their debut They Liked You Better When You Were Dead raises eyebrows and seeing them scowling and lurching about a sweat-stained stage removes all doubt. This is the real fucking deal. The interaction between Simpson and Westaway is the backbone of the band. Often trading vocals (most notably to best effect on the goosebump-inducing gem Amethyst) the ease with which they operate makes it seemingly unfathomable that this is a new, fresh band. Fightstar's debut is great. Brilliant, in fact." - Kerrang!
"At a time when post-hardcore's torch seems to have been almost completely passed to succeeding generations of screamo bands, Fightstar stand firmly enough on the mother country of their genre to do well by the legacy of groups like Fugazi and Helmet. Vocalists Al Westaway and Charlie Simpson utilize a distinct sound that reaches total catharsis. The two share a fantastic vocal range, adding emotional complexity and balance through their arrangements. Train-like guitar work also adds strength to the record, creating drama and tension in the key moments. The driving force behind most of the songs, however, is the rhythm section. The tight bass lines and tighter drumming on They Liked You Better are what lead each track through its arc, shirking convention when things start to get cliched." - Allmusic
"On the strength of They Liked You Better When You Were Dead, Fightstar clearly demonstrate that they can hold their own in a world of heavy, emotional rock. Anyone who likes Muse, Biffy Clyro, Radiohead and even Scissorfight will find something to be absorbed in here. While Palahniuk's Laughter and Speak Up are the rabble rousing anthems, Amethyst is a beautifully crafted power ballad and Mono brings everything to a brooding gigantic climax. Brilliantly executed." - Rock Sound