‘Midnight (The Final Chapter)’ Is A Fitting Finale To Set It Off’s ‘Midnight’ Era; Gives Hope For The Band’s Next Era

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When Set It Off released its then latest album, Midnight in 2019, the band wasted little time following up its release with new music.  Only months after releasing the record – which itself was quite successful – the band started releasing a series of b-sides from that record for what it dubbed the After Midnight EP.  Now more than two years after all of that rook place has completed the Midnight cycle by releasing Midnight (The Final Chapter).  The 21-song record features acoustic re-works of three songs featured in Midnight – ‘Killer in the Mirror,’ ‘Lonely Dance,’ and ‘Happy All The Time’ – as well as the songs that made up the initial After Midnight EP – ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘So Predictable,’ and ‘One Single Second.’  The acoustic takes are themselves reason enough for audiences to hear this latest offering from Set It Off.  They will be discussed shortly.  The b-sides from the After Midnight EP are just as worth noting.  They will be discussed a little later.   The fact that the record also features Midnight in its entirety rounds out the most important of the album’s factors.  When this is considered along with the other noted items here, the whole makes the record a fitting end to an era (as the band called it through official posts to its Facebook page) and not the end to the band.  God forbid that is the case, if it is, then it would be a strong final statement from the band.

Set It Off’s Midnight re-issue, Midnight (The Final Chapter), is a strong way to end the band’s current era, as it hopefully prepares to start its next era together.  That is proven in part through the acoustic songs that make up part of the record’s body.  The songs in question are alternate takes of songs featured in Midnight.  The songs – three in all – are important to note because of the new identities that they give the songs.  Case in point is the acoustic take of ‘Killer in the Mirror,’ which itself was one of the singles produced from Midnight.  The original song is a powerful, upbeat work that presents the song’s subject as someone who is racked with self-doubt and emotion.  This acoustic update takes that self-doubt and emotion in a completely different direction with the use of the piano and strings alongside front man Cody Carson’s powerful, bittersweet vocal delivery.  The subtle use of what sounds like rods or brushes on the snare as the song reaches its climax adds even more to the mix.  The whole takes listeners in a whole new direction and translates the song’s message just as well as the original take in its own powerful way.

‘Lonely Dance,’ another of Midnight’s singles, also gets the acoustic re-imagining here.  As with the acoustic take of ‘Killer in the Mirror,’ this take gives the song a whole new identity.  According to Carson, the original composition was meant to be “the anthem of the introvert.”  This more subdued take really captures what introverts go through daily just as much as the song’s original take.  The energy in the original take exhibits the sense of confusion that introverts feel in wanting to be alone, but also knowing it’s not “normal” according to society.  The more subdued strings and piano approach in the acoustic take gives that dichotomy of emotions and thoughts even more of a bittersweet emotion.  It really makes that situation in which so many people find themselves daily more relatable.  That is because there is such a stigma attached to introversion to this day.  Keeping that in mind, this updated, acoustic take of ‘Lonely Dance’ makes even clearer why the acoustic updates featured in this re-issue so important to the record’s presentation.

The band’s updates take of ‘Happy All The Time,’ which features a guest appearance by Compton Kidz Club and Skyler Acord, is just as enjoyable as the song’s original take.  The horns in the original song are replaced here with an equally light piano line.  The choral element from the original is carried over here to make the acoustic take uplifting, too.  Speaking honestly, the updated, acoustic take can actually be argued to be even more enjoyable than the original, and the original is enjoyable in its own right.  To that end, it is even more proof of the importance of the acoustic takes featured in Midnight (The Final Chapter).  When it and the other two acoustic takes are considered collectively, they make for a wonderful addition to the re-issue and plenty of reason in themselves for audiences to own this record.  The three b-sides featured as part of the whole add their own interest and appeal to the presentation.

The b-sides featured in this re-issue are important to note because they exhibit the same kind of pop punk sound that composes so much of the body of Midnight.  The catchy hooks and choruses are there in all three songs while the lyrical themes are just as accessible.  ‘Catch Me If You Can’ is perhaps the best of that trio of songs.  That is thanks to its lyrical theme centered on what Carson pointed out “is that quintessential middle finger to anyone who doubted you or really wronged you in life or in your pursuit of your dreams.”  That uplifting message and equally infectious musical arrangement makes one wonder why this song was not featured as part of Midnight’s original release.

‘So Predictable’ boasts its own identity from ‘Catch Me If You Can.’  Where the prior song boasted a more modern pop punk style and sound, this song’s musical arrangement boasts more of an 80s pop-influenced sound in its musical arrangement.  The pairing of that influence with the more modern pop punk influence makes it another intriguing addition to the record.  That musical presentation in itself makes clear in itself why the bonus songs are a positive addition to the re-issue.  The song’s lyrical theme, which according to Carson, focuses on those difficult relationships that we have with our loved ones, makes for even more interest here.  “We’ve all been there before — same argument, same issue, same nonsense, different day,” he said.  “This is one of those songs written out of complete frustration of those kinds of moments — whether it be someone you love who you butt heads with or someone so irritating yet you can’t avoid them.”  This shows even more why this song is in itself a positive addition to the presentation.  When it is considered along with ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ the pair shows quite clearly why the b-sides overall are so important to the record’s presentation.

‘One Single Second,’ the third of the b-sides featured in the record, shows even more why the b-sides are important to the re-issue’s presentation.  That pop punk sensibility exhibited in the other two b-sides is just as evident here as in those works.  The equally accessible lyrical theme about a broken relationship (according to Carson, again) will resonate with listeners, too.  “For this song, I brought myself back to one of my worst memories of relationships I can remember — the first time I got cheated on by my first love,” he said.  “The entire song is basically telling the story of how I felt the connection fade and started putting the pieces together.  It’s got that angst, that aggression that mysterious feeling of ‘Do I know for sure?’ ‘Do I not know at all?’  I think a lot of you have been betrayed like this before, and this is the song you can hold onto to let it all out.”  Keeping this in mind, there is no doubt why this song will connect with audiences.  When it is considered with the other two b-sides, the whole leaves zero doubt as to why that content makes the record so enjoyable.  When the b-sides and acoustic takes are considered together, they make even clearer why this re-issue stands out among its counterparts so far this year.  They are only a part of what makes the record a notable presentation.  The addition of the original Midnight album rounds out the most important of the album’s elements.

The pairing of the original Midnight album with the noted bonus content is important to note because it brings every bit of the album’s cycle full circle.  It gives all of the band’s fans the complete listening experience in one presentation.  This way, audiences who perhaps did not get their hands on the After Midnight EP or Midnight the chance to own Midnight in its final, complete form.  Now the normal rebuttal from some will be that maybe they already own one or the other title, or even both.  Given, it would seem pointless to purchase this record with that being the case.  Here again though is the reality that this “final” presentation of Midnight brings both the album and EP together into one setting.  That means audiences can enjoy both presentations together in one platform.  There is no going from one record to the other.  It is all in one place.  Keeping that in mind, the presentation of the original album with the EP here proves its importance to the whole.  To that end, this element completes the re-issue’s presentation and shows once and for all why this record is a successful presentation.

Set It Off’s newly released presentation that is Midnight (The Final Chapter) is a work that will appeal to any of the band’s established audiences and new audiences.  It is a fitting finale to the band’s Midnight era, but hopefully not to the band.  The record’s success is shown in part through the acoustic songs featured as part of the record’s body.  They take three of the songs featured in the original album and give them a whole new life and identity.  The b-sides also featured as part of the record’s body add their own appeal.  They are just as appealing as the songs that made the final cut what with their familiar musical arrangements and equally accessible lyrical themes.  The presentation of the original album along with that extra content brings everything together, giving the record a complete presentation.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the presentation.  All things considered, they make the record in whole a strong end to the band’s Midnight era and gives hope that the band has more eras to come.  Midnight (The Final Chapter) is available now through Fearless Records. 

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Set It Off Announces ‘Midnight (The Final Chapter)’ Release Date

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Set It Off is scheduled to re-issue its 2019 album Midnight next month.

The band made the announcement Friday through a press release. The album, which will be titled Midnight (The Final Chapter), is scheduled for re-issue June 4 through Fearless Records. The re-issue is expected to feature the After Midnight EP that followed the release of Midnight and three additional acoustic tracks.

Midnight featured the singles ‘Hourglass,’ ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,‘ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’

After Midnight featured the songs ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ ‘So Predictable‘ and ‘One Single Second.’

Pre-orders are open for Midnight (The Final Chapter).

More information on Set It Off’s forthcoming livestream concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Drones Releases New Single, ‘Learn’

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Independent punk rock band Drones debuted the fourth single from its new record this week.

The band debuted its single ‘Learn‘ Tuesday. The song is featured in the band’s forthcoming album Our Hell is Right Here, which is scheduled for release Feb. 12 through Thousand Islands Records. Pre-orders are open for Our Hell Is Right Here.

The new single’s premiere follows that of the album’s first three singles: ‘Josephine,’ ‘Our Hell is Right Here‘ and ‘Epitaph.’

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Learn’ is a fiery, emo-punk style composition. The pairing of the instrumentation and vocalist Lois McDougall’s vocal delivery style makes the arrangement in whole a work that will appeal to fans of bands, such as The Used, Set It Off, and others of that ilk.

The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement focuses on the familiar topic of dealing with difficulties in relationships, according to McDougall.

“Learn is about the desperate struggle to make a failing relationship work,” she said.  “You can feel that it’s not right but you still care about the other person. We seem to make the same mistakes over and over by assuming we know what the other person is thinking, so communication stops. We keep trying to force a relationship to work with someone that we’re just not meant to be with. If it’s more of a struggle than not…it’s not worth it. You should never diminish any part of yourself for someone else because, ultimately, you’ll end up resenting them.”

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Set It Off Announces Details For Livestream Concert

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Set It Off will host a livestream concert this weekend.

The band made the announcement Monday that it will host the concert at 7 p.m. ET Saturday. The performance is in support of the band’s most recent album Midnight (2019). VIP packages are sold out, but general admission tickets and bundles are available.

Midnight produced the singles ‘Hourglass,’ ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,‘ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’

Shortly after the album’s release and the premiere of its singles, Set It Off released a series of songs from the Midnight sessions that never made the album, beginning with ‘Catch Me If You Can.’ Its premiere was followed by that of ‘So Predictable‘ and ‘One Single Second.’

More information on Set It Off’s forthcoming livestream concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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Trehern’s Debut LP Makes Him One Of The Next Big Alt-Rock Names To Watch

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Independent singer-songwriter Ty Trehern officially released his latest album Dear, Dichotomy Friday.  The 10-song record – his second studio recording and debut album (his debut studio recording was his 2019 EP The Sound) — is a presentation that proves Trehern to be one of the alt-rock community’s next big names to watch.  All three of the singles that the album has produced – ‘The Air,’ ‘Sleep,’ and ‘Better Off’ – all serve to show what makes Trehern’s new album so notable.  They are just some of the best examples of how much the 38-minute album has to offer audiences.  The record’s title track is worth its own share of attention and will be addressed shortly.  ‘The House You Built,’ which comes just past the album’s midpoint, is another strong addition to the record and will be addressed a little later.  ‘Tell Me,’ which comes even later in the album’s run, stands on its own merits, too.  It will be examined later, too.  All three songs, coupled with the album’s singles four remaining songs, make one whole that is a presentation that, again, makes Trehern one of the names to watch in the next generation of alt-rock artists.

Ty Trehern’s debut album Dear, Dichotomy is an impressive first full outing from the up-and-coming alt-rock singer-songwriter.  It is a presentation that shows Trehern as an artist who is well worth watching.  As noted already, all three of the singles that the album has produced do their own share to support the noted statements.  They are just some of the album’s most enjoyable entries.  The record’s title track is just as enjoyable as those songs.  The album’s first full-length song (its very first track is a 54-second intro track), its arrangement follows stylistically in line with the songs featured in The Sound.  It is a mid-tempo, guitar-driven work that holds its own easily against works from so many of his more well-known mainstream rock and alt-rock counterparts.  Trehern’s vocal delivery and the production used on said element adds even more to the mix to make this arrangement a strong start for the album.  The song’s lyrical content couples with the musical arrangement to make for even more engagement and entertainment.

While Trehern’s vocal delivery and the production thereof helps to enhance the presentation of the arrangement featured in ‘Dear, Dichotomy,’ it also hinders understanding the song’s lyrical content to a point.  Luckily, that hindrance is not such that it leaves the lyrics completely indecipherable.  From what can be understood throughout the song, it comes across as being a work that centers on someone trying to figure out who exactly he/she is.  This is inferred early on in the song’s lead verse, in which Trehern sings, “Looking through my head again/Walking on a rope/Hanging onto hope/All I want is to feel a balance underneath my feet/To feel the ground beneath/The flexibility/Searching for my guiding hand/It’s like day and night/A blurry wrong and right…”  The last line in that verse is difficult to decipher.  That aside, the rest of the verse is clear enough to know that the subject is singing here about basically facing the familiar inner turmoil of that battle with one’s self.  It is a familiar topic in the musical world.  What is interesting though, is that in so many cases, such a topic is accompanied by a decidedly moody, brooding musical arrangement.  That is not the case here.  What audiences get instead is something more generally contemplative in nature.  It is a nice change of pace.  As the song continues, Trehern sings in the song’s chorus, “I am here and there/Somewhere in the in-between/Show me/All these feelings that I hide/So won’t you show me/Save me/Living in the black and white/So won’t you save me.”  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Running through my thoughts again/Like the seasons change/But now they stay the same/All I want is to be free of all the back and forth/All this back and forth/Keep going back and forth.”  Yet again audiences are presented with a story of someone who is facing that inner turmoil, yet is not doing so in that more familiar brooding, “Oh woe is me” fashion.  It is a nice change of pace from such kind of songs in this case.  What’s more, that it is such a familiar lyrical theme, it makes the song even more accessible.  To that end, the combined musical and lyrical content featured here makes ‘Dear, Dichotomy’ its own impressive addition to Trehern’s new album.  It is just one of the many songs that show what makes the album worth hearing, too.  ‘The House You Built’ is another notable addition to the album.

‘The House You Built’ immediately lends itself to comparisons to works from Set it Off with its semi-acoustic musical arrangement and finger snaps.  The bluesy guitar licks that are featured throughout the three-minute-plus opus and the fire in Treyhern’s vocal delivery couples with the rich, steady time keeping to make the song in whole even more impacting.  The arrangement does a good job of helping to illustrate the emotion in the song’s lyrical theme, which comes across as centering on the familiar topic of someone who is just fed up with someone who is just toxic in terms of his or her personality; that kind of narcissistic person who just thinks that he or she is so great while making everyone else miserable.  This is a familiar topic in its own right for everyone, thus making the song even more accessible.

The noted lyrical theme presented in ‘The House You Built’  is made clear right from the song’s outset as Treyhern sings, “Your ego’s left you blind/But you think you can see/And you think with a one-track mind/But you think you got it figured out/You think I’m fallin’ behind/But you’ve been running in place/And you think with a one-track mind/But you think you got it figured out…Do you think I care/to see the way/You look down on me/And I’m all that you can think about/When you find yourself alone/Do you think I care/To hear that I’m so far beneath you/You should know that I love it/When you lock yourself inside…”  The last part of that line is difficult to understand without a lyrics sheet to reference.  Even without that last portion, no doubt is left as to the frustration that the song’s subject has with the noted toxic individual.  The fire in the words and Treyhern’s delivery thereof makes for quite the impact, needless to say.  He continues in the song’s second verse, “Your words are such a waste/They’re falling on deaf ears/And you still keep running in place/But you think you got me figured out.”  The damning indictment of that toxic individual continues on into the song’s third verse.  It goes without saying that the indictment in question is just as strong there.  When it is joined with the rest of the song’s story, the whole becomes a work whose lyrical content will definitely connect with listeners in its own right.  It will do so even more when this understandably forceful message is coupled with the song’s equally fiery musical arrangement.  All things considered, they make the song one more example of what makes Dear, Dichotomy such an enjoyable new offering from Treyhern.  It is hardly the last of the album’s most notable works, too.  ‘Tell Me’ is one more standout addition to the album.

‘Tell Me’ is one of those works whose arrangement proves that a song can be heavy without being heavy.  The song’s arrangement features just Treyhern and a piano, nothing else.  There is some production used on Treyhern’s vocals to add to the arrangement’s impact, but other than the noted elements are all that are featured here.  It presents such a sense of vulnerability from Treyhern, and is so unlike anything else featured in this record.  That sense of vulnerability carries over to the song’s lyrical content, which is just as moving it’s the song’s musical element.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Tell Me’ is a deeply introspective statement.  Trehern notes in the song’s lead verse, I’m undone/What has this world become/Why can’t we be free/Why can’t we be free/Everyone/Mothers, fathers, sons, daughters/All of them/Trapped in hope and faith/So can you hear my voice from way up there/Tell me is there a heaven/’Cause this feels like hell to me/Tell me is there a reason/I’m not where I’d like to be/Are you there/Do you hear our cries/When our angels die…is this real/teach me how to feel/Like I can move on/When my heart is gone/Can you hear my voice from way up there.”  This comes across as someone who is having a crisis of faith.  If in fact that is the case, then this song will connect with its own share of listeners, as there are plenty of people who have or are having that crisis.  It certainly is not the first song to take on such a topic (again, if that is in fact the interpreted topic).  Other songs have taken on the matter of religion, but few if any in such a fashion as is presented here.  To that end, it makes the song that much deeper, moving, and unique.  Keeping that in mind, when this song is considered with the other songs noted here, the album’s singles and the rest of its works, the end result is a solid debut album from Ty Trehern.

Dear, Dichotomy is a strong first full-length offering from up-and-coming alt-rock singer-songwriter Ty Trehern.  It features a variety of musical arrangements that are just as engaging and entertaining as anything presented by his more well-known mainstream counterparts, as evidenced here.  The record’s musical arrangements are familiar yet unique in their presentations, again as pointed out in this review.  Keeping that in mind, the album in whole makes itself a strong debut from Trehern.  Additionally, it makes Trehern validly, one of the next big names to watch in the alt-rock community.  Dear, Dichotomy is available now.

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Weathers Debuts New Single, ‘C’est La Vie’

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Independent pop act Weathers debuted its latest single this week.

The group — Cameron Boyer (vocals), Cameron Olsen (guitar), Brennan bates (bass) and Cole Carson (drums) — debuts its new single ‘C’est La Vie’ Friday.  The song’s musical arrangement is a mid-tempo arrangement that will appeal to fans of Set It Off’s most recent work.  The song’s lyrical theme coincides with the overarching themes of coming of age, and along the way, dealing with anxiety, mental health and other issues.

‘C’est La Via’ is available to stream and download through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Pandora and Deezer.

More information on Weathers’ new single is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

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Set It Off Debuts Third Single From New EP, ‘After Midnight’

Set It Off debuted another new single this week.

The band debuted its new sing ‘One Single Second’ Friday.  The song is yet another b-side from the band’s recording sessions for its 2019 album Midnight.  The song’s arrangement presents a very distinct pop sensibility, which is very similar to many of the songs from Midnight.

Front man Cody Carson explained in a recent interview, the song’s lyrical theme centers on a real-life story of broken relationship.

“For this song, I brought myself back to one of my worst memories of relationships I can remember — the first time I got cheated on by my first love,” he said.  “the entire song is basically telling the story of how I felt the connection fade and started putting the pieces together.  It’s got that angst, that aggression that mysterious feeling of ‘Do I know for sure?’ ‘Do I not know at all?’  I think a lot of you have been betrayed like this before, and this is the song you can hold onto to let it all out.”

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The debut of Set It Off’s latest single comes just over a month after the band debuted another new single, ‘So Predictable‘ and more than two months after the band debuted the single ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ both of which are also  b-sides from the sessions for Midnight.

Said Carson about ‘So Predictable,’ “We’ve all been there before — same argument, same issue, same nonsense, different day.  This is one of those songs written out of complete frustration of those kinds of moments — whether it be someone you love who you butt heads with or someone so irritating yet you can’t avoid them.  We had a blast making this song because of the overall attitude that surrounds it.”

In discussing ‘Catch Me If You Can,’ Carson had the following to say.

“‘Catch Me If You Can’ is that quintessential middle finger to anyone who doubted you or really wronged you in life or in your pursuit of your dreams,” he said.  “I’ve personally and unfortunately experienced an incredible amount of this on our journey.  I’ve been laughed at when I told people what I do for a living, I’ve been betrayed by my closest friends, and I’ve been told no time and time again.  To me, that’s fuel. It’s motivation to show that this path is something that I was born to do.  Success is the best revenge.  My hope is that this song can reach out to anyone who needs an empowering song to pick them up and inspire confidence in themselves to keep fighting for what they truly want in life.”

Set It Off will launch the next leg of its tour Jan. 8 in Lincoln, NE.  The tour, which is in support of Midnight, is scheduled to run through Feb. 20 in Seattle, WA.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Baltimore, MD; Salt Lake City, UT and Lakewood, OH.  The band’s tour schedule is noted below.

SET IT OFF ON TOUR:
WITH SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, BELMONT, + POINT NORTH:

1/8 — Lincoln, NE — Bourbon Theatre
1/10 — Chicago, IL — The Forge
1/11 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre
1/12 — Lawrence, KS — Granada Theatre
1/14 — Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall
1/15 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
1/17 — Las Vegas, NV — House of Blues
1/18 — San Francisco, CA — Regency
1/20 — Tucson, AZ — Encore
1/22 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues
1/23 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
1/25 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
1/26 — Nashville, TN — The Cowan
1/28 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
1/30 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
1/31 — Baltimore, MD — Soundstage
2/1 — Worcester, MA — Palladium
2/4 — Albany, NY — Upstate Concert Hall
2/5 — Toronto, ON — Phoenix Concert Theatre
2/7 — Detroit, MI — The Crofoot
2/8 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Intersection

HEADLINE DATES:
WITH CAPSTAN + MOBS:

2/9 — Lakewood, OH — Phantasy Nightclub
2/11 — Madison, WI — Majestic Theatre
2/12 — Dilworth, MN — TAK Music Venue
2/13 — Winnipeg, MB — The Park Theatre
2/15 — Calgary, AB — The Rec Room
2/16 — Edmonton, AB — Temple
2/18 — Vancouver, BC — The Biltmore Ballroom
2/19 — Portland, OR — Holocene*
2/20 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile*
*No Capstan

Midnight, which was released this past March, has spawned a series of singles and videos for those singles. The singles spawned from the album are: ‘Hourglass,’ ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,’ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ ‘Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

MIDNIGHT TRACK LISTING:
1. “Killer In The Mirror”
2. “Hourglass”
3. “Lonely Dance”
4. “Different Songs”
5. “For You Forever”
6. “Dancing With The Devil”
7. “Go To Bed Angry” [feat. Wayfarers]
8. “Midnight Thoughts”
9. “Criminal Minds”
10. “No Disrespect”
11. “Stitch Me Up”
12. “Raise No Fool”
13. “I Want You (Gone)” [feat. Matt Appleton]
14. “Unopened Windows”
15. “Happy All The Time” [feat. Skyler Acord]

More information on Set It Off’s new b-side, tour dates, news and more is available online now at:

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Set It Off Debuts New B-Side, ‘So Predictable’

Set It Off debuted another new single this week.

The band debuted its latest b-side ‘So Predictable‘ Friday.  The song’s musical arrangement bears a distinctly pop vibe with plenty of infectious hooks and choruses.  It is an arrangement that is very similar to some of the songs that made it to the final cut of the band’s most recent album Midnight, which was released last year through Fearless Records.

Set It Off front man Cody Carson talked about the song’s lyrical content in a recent interview.

“We’ve all been there before — same argument, same issue, same nonsense, different day,” he said.  “This is one of those songs written out of complete frustration of those kinds of moments — whether it be someone you love who you butt heads with or someone so irritating yet you can’t avoid them.  We had a blast making this song because of the overall attitude that surrounds it.”

Courtesy: Fearless Records

‘So Predictable’ is just the latest b-side that the band has released lately.  The band debuted another b-side, ‘Catch Me If You Can‘ Dec. 12.

Carson talked about the mid-tempo poppy song’s lyrical topic in a recent interview, noting its defiant lyrical theme.

“‘Catch Me If You Can’ is that quintessential middle finger to anyone who doubted you or really wronged you in life or in your pursuit of your dreams,” he said.  “I’ve personally and unfortunately experienced an incredible amount of this on our journey.  I’ve been laughed at when I told people what I do for a living, I’ve been betrayed by my closest friends, and I’ve been told no time and time again.  To me, that’s fuel. It’s motivation to show that this path is something that I was born to do.  Success is the best revenge.  My hope is that this song can reach out to anyone who needs an empowering song to pick them up and inspire confidence in themselves to keep fighting for what they truly want in life.”

Set It Off will launch the next leg of its tour Jan. 8 in Lincoln, NE.  The tour, which is in support of Midnight,

is scheduled to run through Feb. 20 in Seattle, WA.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Baltimore, MD; Salt Lake City, UT and Lakewood, OH.  The band’s tour schedule is noted below.

SET IT OFF ON TOUR:
WITH SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, BELMONT, + POINT NORTH:

1/8 — Lincoln, NE — Bourbon Theatre
1/10 — Chicago, IL — The Forge
1/11 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre
1/12 — Lawrence, KS — Granada Theatre
1/14 — Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall
1/15 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
1/17 — Las Vegas, NV — House of Blues
1/18 — San Francisco, CA — Regency
1/20 — Tucson, AZ — Encore
1/22 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues
1/23 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
1/25 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
1/26 — Nashville, TN — The Cowan
1/28 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
1/30 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
1/31 — Baltimore, MD — Soundstage
2/1 — Worcester, MA — Palladium
2/4 — Albany, NY — Upstate Concert Hall
2/5 — Toronto, ON — Phoenix Concert Theatre
2/7 — Detroit, MI — The Crofoot
2/8 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Intersection

HEADLINE DATES:
WITH CAPSTAN + MOBS:

2/9 — Lakewood, OH — Phantasy Nightclub
2/11 — Madison, WI — Majestic Theatre
2/12 — Dilworth, MN — TAK Music Venue
2/13 — Winnipeg, MB — The Park Theatre
2/15 — Calgary, AB — The Rec Room
2/16 — Edmonton, AB — Temple
2/18 — Vancouver, BC — The Biltmore Ballroom
2/19 — Portland, OR — Holocene*
2/20 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile*
*No Capstan

Midnight, which was released this past March, has spawned a series of singles and videos for those singles. The singles spawned from the album are: ‘Hourglass,’ ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,’ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ ‘Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

MIDNIGHT TRACK LISTING:
1. “Killer In The Mirror”
2. “Hourglass”
3. “Lonely Dance”
4. “Different Songs”
5. “For You Forever”
6. “Dancing With The Devil”
7. “Go To Bed Angry” [feat. Wayfarers]
8. “Midnight Thoughts”
9. “Criminal Minds”
10. “No Disrespect”
11. “Stitch Me Up”
12. “Raise No Fool”
13. “I Want You (Gone)” [feat. Matt Appleton]
14. “Unopened Windows”
15. “Happy All The Time” [feat. Skyler Acord]

More information on Set It Off’s new b-side, tour dates, news and more is available online now at:

Websitehttp://www.setitoffband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/setitoffband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SetItOff

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American Idol Star’s Latest LP Takes Top Honors In Phil’s Picks 2019 Top New Rock Albums List

Courtesy: Big Johnson Records

Rock fans had a lot of reason this year to raise their horns.  From January right up to this month, rock music fans received lots of strong new offerings this year.  That includes both mainstream and independent acts.  Buckcherry’s new album Warpaint, which came out early this year, proved to be everything that audiences have come to expect from the band.  DuG Pinnick’s King’s X side band KXM also released a new record this year — Circle of Dolls — that was a step up from its predecessor.  80s rockers L.A. Guns even produced its own strong new effort in The Devil You Know while prog rock star Neil Morse’s Jesus ChristThe Exorcist developed its own fans, too.  Between those albums and so many others, rock fans had a lot to be happy about.  It made creating the list of this year’s top new rock records quite difficult to arrange.

This year’s list, like others from Phil’s Picks, features the Top 10 picks as well as five honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  The list was compiled from consideration of the titles’ overall musical and lyrical content.  That content taken into consideration made this list anything but easy.  No offense was meant to any of the band featured on this list.  With that in mind, here is Phil’s Picks 2019 Top 10 New Rock Albums.

 

PHIL’S PICKS 2019 TOP 10 NEW ROCK ALBUMS

  1. Caleb Johnson — Born From Southern Ground
  2. Set It Off — Midnight
  3. Neal Morse — Jesus ChristThe Exorcist
  4. KXM — Circle of Dolls
  5. Buckcherry — Warpaint
  6. Collective Soul — Blood
  7. Aree & The Pure Hearts — Never Gonna Die
  8. The Sh-Booms — The Blurred Odyssey
  9. Lullwater — Voodoo
  10. The Magpie Salute — Highwater II
  11. Queensryche — The Verdict
  12. L.A. Guns — The Devil You Know
  13. Them Guns — From The Shadows
  14. Myrath — Shehili
  15. Stone Leaders — Stone Leaders

 

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Set It Off Debuts B-Side ‘Catch Me If You Can’; Preps For Winter Tour Dates

Courtesy: Fearless Records/Atom Splitter PR

Set It Off debuted a new song this week.

The band debuted its previously unreleased b-side ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Thursday. The song is available to stream and download here.

Front man Cody Carson talked about the mid-tempo poppy song’s lyrical topic in a recent interview, noting its defiant lyrical theme.

“‘Catch Me If You Can’ is that quintessential middle finger to anyone who doubted you or really wronged you in life or in your pursuit of your dreams,” he said.  “I’ve personally and unfortunately experienced an incredible amount of this on our journey.  I’ve been laughed at when I told people what I do for a living, I’ve been betrayed by my closest friends, and I’ve been told no time and time again.  To me, that’s fuel. It’s motivation to show that this path is something that I was born to do.  Success is the best revenge.  My hope is that this song can reach out to anyone who needs an empowering song to pick them up and inspire confidence in themselves to keep fighting for what they truly want in life.”

‘Catch Me If You Can’ is just the first of many b-sides to come from Set It Off, according to a news release distributed Thursday about the song. The document states the band has plans to release more b-sides soon.

Set It Off will launch the next leg of its tour Jan. 8 in Lincoln, NE.  The tour, which is in support of the band’s latest album Midnight, is scheduled to run through Feb. 20 in Seattle, WA.  It will feature performances in cities, such as Baltimore, MD; Salt Lake City, UT and Lakewood, OH.  The band’s tour schedule is noted below.

SET IT OFF ON TOUR:
WITH SLEEPING WITH SIRENS, BELMONT, + POINT NORTH:

1/8 — Lincoln, NE — Bourbon Theatre
1/10 — Chicago, IL — The Forge
1/11 — Minneapolis, MN — Skyway Theatre
1/12 — Lawrence, KS — Granada Theatre
1/14 — Denver, CO — Summit Music Hall
1/15 — Salt Lake City, UT — The Depot
1/17 — Las Vegas, NV — House of Blues
1/18 — San Francisco, CA — Regency
1/20 — Tucson, AZ — Encore
1/22 — Dallas, TX — House of Blues
1/23 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
1/25 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
1/26 — Nashville, TN — The Cowan
1/28 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
1/30 — Sayreville, NJ — Starland Ballroom
1/31 — Baltimore, MD — Soundstage
2/1 — Worcester, MA — Palladium
2/4 — Albany, NY — Upstate Concert Hall
2/5 — Toronto, ON — Phoenix Concert Theatre
2/7 — Detroit, MI — The Crofoot
2/8 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Intersection

HEADLINE DATES:
WITH CAPSTAN + MOBS:

2/9 — Lakewood, OH — Phantasy Nightclub
2/11 — Madison, WI — Majestic Theatre
2/12 — Dilworth, MN — TAK Music Venue
2/13 — Winnipeg, MB — The Park Theatre
2/15 — Calgary, AB — The Rec Room
2/16 — Edmonton, AB — Temple
2/18 — Vancouver, BC — The Biltmore Ballroom
2/19 — Portland, OR — Holocene*
2/20 — Seattle, WA — The Crocodile*
*No Capstan

Midnight, which was released this past March, has spawned a series of singles and videos for those singles. The singles spawned from the album are: ‘Hourglass,’ ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,’ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ ‘Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’  The album’s full track listing is noted below.

MIDNIGHT TRACK LISTING:
1. “Killer In The Mirror”
2. “Hourglass”
3. “Lonely Dance”
4. “Different Songs”
5. “For You Forever”
6. “Dancing With The Devil”
7. “Go To Bed Angry” [feat. Wayfarers]
8. “Midnight Thoughts”
9. “Criminal Minds”
10. “No Disrespect”
11. “Stitch Me Up”
12. “Raise No Fool”
13. “I Want You (Gone)” [feat. Matt Appleton]
14. “Unopened Windows”
15. “Happy All The Time” [feat. Skyler Acord]

More information on Set It Off’s new b-side, tour dates, news and more is available online now at:

Website: http://www.setitoffband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/setitoffband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SetItOff

 

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