Set it Off sets it off with new EP

Florida 5-piece, Set It Off, started making a name for itself about three years ago.  In that time, the band has built a quite a name for itself.  Boasting obvious influences from the likes of Fall Out Boy, 36 Crazyfists, My Chemical Romance, and AFI, this young band has yet to release its first full length album.  But one listen to its new EP, “Horrible Kids”, and one would think Set It Off was a veteran act, with years of experience under its belt.  That could be thanks in part to the production work done by Brandon “B-Real” Ham and John Harrell at Wilson, NC’s own Red Sparrow Studios.    

“Horrible Kids” is a streamlined, hard rocking album that touches on every issue facing its equally young audiences today.  From the major problem of bullying in the EP’s title track, to the dangers of underage drinking in ‘End in Tragedy’, to the album’s opener about depression in ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’, Set It Off does what few bands of its genre do today.  Rather than allow itself to be pigeonholed as just another “oh-woe-is-me” emo band, Set It Off tackles the issues that its audiences face every day head on. 

Musically and lyrically, Set it Off offers fans plenty to be proud of on “Horrible Kids”.  But the musical and lyrical content isn’t the only bonus to the band’s new release.  The EP, which was released back in August, also boasts a pair of music videos for its two best tracks, ‘@Reply’, and ‘Breathe In, Breathe Out’.  The video for the latter of the two puts vocalist Cody Carson in the position that so many younger audiences go through in dealing with their feelings of depression.  It’s a good representation of the lyrics in the song. 

Set It Off isn’t the first band of its type, musically speaking.  But in comparison to so many other bands of its ilk, this Florida based 5-piece is one of the rare bands that may still be standing when the dust has settled, and so many others in its genre have faded away.  And if “Horrible Kids” is any indication, not only does Set It Off have a very good chance of sticking around long term, this band has a very good chance of being one of the most important bands in its genre.

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