Set It Off Announces Details For Livestream Concert

Courtesy: Fearless Records

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:

Websitehttp://www.setitoffband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/setitoffband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SetItOff

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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.

More information on Trehern’s new single and album is available along with all of his latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.tytrehernmusic.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/tytrehernmusic

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/tytrehernmusic

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

Cover Art by Rupert Gruber/Courtesy: Earshot Media

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:

 

Website: http://www.weathersband.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pg/weathersband

Twitter: http://twitter.com/weathersband

 

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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.”

Courtesy: Fearless Records

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:

Websitehttp://www.setitoffband.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/setitoffband

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SetItOff

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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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Set It Off Debuts ‘Hourglass’ Video

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Set It Off debuted the music video for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Hourglass‘  Friday.  The video finds the band’s front man Cody Carson in a desert setting, visited by a not so nice figure and a group of robed women who don’t seem to mean him any good as he sings about the choices we make in life.  The song’s musical arrangement is such that it will fit easily into any mainstream Top 40 radio programmer’s list.

A picture held by an elderly gentleman at the video’s opening hints that the setting is a purgatory — a place where the soul goes to make amends for the sins of life.  Considering the seeming message of the song’s lyrical theme, the setting would seem to fit.

‘Hourglass’ is just the latest entry in Set It Off’s current list of songs to be released from its latest album.  Prior to its release, the band also released the singles ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever,’ ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ ‘Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’

The full track listing for Midnight 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 single, tour, album and more is available online now at:

 

Websitehttp://www.setitoffband.com

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Twitterhttp://twitter.com/SetItOff

 

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‘The Change’ Could Change The Course Of Awake At Last’s Life

Courtesy: Outerloop Records

Hard rock band Awake At Last has made a name for itself throughout the course of its life for presenting songs that promote positivity, spirituality and self-confidence.  That trend, which the band has held over the course of two EPs, continues on the band’s full-length debut album The Change.  The 12-song record presents those themes in various ways throughout the course of its 39-minute run time, complete with musical arrangements that will appeal to a wide range of listeners.  From one song to the next, the record’s musical arrangements and lyrical themes that make up its body ensure listeners’ continued engagement.  The album’s lead single ‘Dead Generation’ is just one of the songs that supports that statement.  It will be discussed shortly.  ‘Bigger Picture,’ which comes later in the album’s run continues to support that statement in a similar fashion.  It will be discussed a little later.  ‘Fallen Stars,’ the album’s closer is yet another of the album’s entries that exhibits the band’s continued themes of positivity and self-confidence. It serves just as much as ‘Dead Generation’ and ‘Bigger Picture’ to maintain listeners’ engagement.  When these songs are considered along with the nine songs that make up the remainder of the record, the whole of The Change becomes a work that may well “change” the course of Awake At Last’s career to the positive.

Awake At Last’s debut full-length studio recording The Change is a strong new effort from the Delaware-based hard rock outfit.  It is a nearly 40-minute presentation whose themes of positivity, self-confidence and spirituality are certain to keep listeners engaged while at the same time, offering those same audiences plenty of musical entertainment and lyrical inspiration.  One of the songs featured in the record’s 12-song body that serves to support those statements comes early in the record’s run in the form of ‘Dead Generation.’  The album’s lead single, it presents a musical arrangement that will appeal to fans of bands, such as Three Days Grace, Shinedown and to a lesser extent, Set It Off.  That combination of influences makes the song’s musical arrangement a strong foundation for the song’s presentation.  That foundation is strengthened through the social commentary presented in the song’s lyrical content.

The song’s lyrical content presents a theme of…well…making a change.  It approaches the subject in this case, by forcing listeners to contemplate whether the current generation that has inherited the planet is in fact as bad off as it has been made to seem.  Front man Vincent Torres delivers that message, singing in the song’s lead verse, “With every moment/We’re drifting into defeat/We keep on living a lie/Like it’s what we need/When conversation is avoided to keep the peace/The silence pulling us under will never cease.”  He is saying here, that people need to stand up and speak up, rather than be passive and just let things happen.  That is because if we continue to remain silent, nothing will get better in the world, rather it will do the opposite and get worse.  This statement is heightened through the song’s chorus in which Torres and his band mates – Eric Blackway (guitar), Imran Xhelili (guitar) and John Finney (drums) – sing, “We beg the world to change/But fail to face it/Are we alive or a dead generation?”  He is saying, we keep calling for change, but are we doing anything to back up our calls to action?  As if that is not proof enough, Torres goes on in the song’s second verse, to sing, “Trapped in a moment/Perpetual hell/This life’s a coffin and we are the nails/Cut out the answers and disarm the scars/We always take, take, take/And forget who we are.”  Again, here is a statement of looking at the bigger picture.  We are the cause, not the effect, is essentially what Torres is saying here.  We are the “nails,” the cause.  We always take, take, take/And forget who we are.  It’s all about us.  We need to act for the bigger picture.  Torres speaks in metaphors here, but it is relatively clear what he is saying.  Keeping that in mind, along with the fire in the song’s musical arrangement, this first statement from the band this time out shows without doubt that noted positivity for which the band has come to be known during its life.  Given it is hardly the first time that any musical act has ever presented a call to action so to speak, but it still works even in this case.  In the process, it helps to establish the band’s identity and that of the album.  It is just one of the album’s most standout additions.  Speaking of bigger pictures, the song ‘Bigger Picture’ is another of those key additions to the record.

‘Bigger Picture’ comes late in the album’s 39-minute run time.  It stands out quite starkly from its counterparts included in the album, through its musical arrangement.  This song’s arrangement boasts a sound more akin to Set It Off and Fall Out Boy than the previously noted bands.  What is nice is that even with those influences, the song still maintains its own identity separate from those bands’ works.  That goes a long way toward making the song stand out.  The song’s lyrical content, which focuses on the importance of unity and seeing the forest for the trees, adds to the foundation formed through the song’s arrangement.

The message in question is delivered as Torres sings in the song’s lead verse, “Spent some time inside my mind/And found a way to re-align/My thoughts betray me, but it’s all in my head/Life is just a tapestry and I’m just a thread.”  Now this line in and of itself directly sends that message.  The song’s subject looked inside, and realized he/she needed to think differently because he/she was just one part of a much bigger whole.  The message continues as Torres sings, “People used to tell me ‘cause I doubted myself/Spent so much time tryin’ to be someone else/I know it’s not about me, but it’s plain to see/We’re losing ourselves to these selfish machines/Get into our bodies and out of our screens/If we’re all part of something bigger/Then I know who I am/If we’re all fragments of a picture/Then why can’t we see we’re all the same/Ignite the flame…You’re the same as you and I.”  Again, here we have a message that we need to see we are all part of something much bigger and we need to think of one another instead of ourselves.  Once again, this is not the first time that any band or act has ever presented such a message, but it is another message that can not be expressed enough.  Rather, it is a message that sadly, must continued to be presented to a public that needs constant reminders of this issue.  Keeping this in mind, this uplifting message couples with the song’s equally engaging musical arrangement to make the whole another song that shows how The Change in whole can potentially change the course of Awake At Last’s career.  It is not the last of the songs that serves to support that statement, either.  The song’s powerhouse finale, ‘ Fallen Stars’ is yet another way in which the album exhibits its strength.

‘Fallen Stars’ changes things up from Awake At Last in terms of its musical arrangement once again, this time moving from the emo-core sound of Fall Out Boy and Set It Off to a more aggro-rock style sound that takes listeners back to the late 90s, right down to the screaming climaxes of the verses.  That sound alone serves to help the song stand out, but is just one part of what makes the song so notable.  The song’s lyrical theme once again is that continued uplifting positive theme that reminds listeners to not give up even in life’s most difficult moments.

Torres reminds listeners to note give up in the song’s chorus, singing, “Sometimes we hurt/Sometimes we break/But it’s times like these/We learn to create/Everyone fails/It’s part of the plan/We have to fall/To get up again.”  This is a powerful statement that is certain to inspire plenty of listeners.  It is just one of the statements that will inspire listeners.  He sings in the song’s lead verse, “I’ve seen the vision/As lightning cracks the sky/I’m gonna chase this dream/But something worth having will never come easy/So I’ll take the long road/Even if I pave it on my own/’Cause when the sky falls down/the sky is quiet with the silence/We stand together united by fallen stars/We’re stronger together.”  He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “Burning image/On the canvas of our lives/We’re gonna change this scene/It’s something worth having, so it won’t be easy/But they’ll remember/How the artists took a stand/As we live and breathe/The world is quiet with our silence.”  In the song’s finale, he adds, “We stand together united by fallen stars/So let the darkness divide us/Remember who we are/Brave the weather/We’re stronger together/Everything comes crashing down around us/Like a phoenix we’re reborn from the ashes.”  Once again, here is that message of perseverance and positivity coupled with the continued theme of unity, much as is presented in so many of the album’s other songs.  It is just another way in which the album’s lyrical content continues the themes presented in the band’s currently available two EPs.  Those themes are continued throughout the rest of the album’s entries, too, in even more diverse fashion.  That diversity in the delivery of the band’s positive messages and the power in the album’s musical arrangements makes the album in whole a positive debut for Awake At Last; a debut that could create a positive change for the band itself.

Awake At Last’s debut full-length studio recording The Change is a strong offering from the up-and-coming hard rock outfit.  As has been noted in this review, the positive lyrical themes presented in the band’s currently available EPs are continued throughout this record in various ways.  The musical arrangements that accompany those positive messages do just as much to make the album a success.  When they are coupled together and considered from the album’s opening to its end, the album in whole proves to be a record that could change the course of Awake At Last’s life in a good way.  It is scheduled for release June 21 through Outerloop Records.  More information on the album is available online now along with all of Awake At Last’s latest news and more at:

 

 

Website: http://www.awakeatlastrock.com

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

Twitter: http://twitter.com/awakeatlastrock

 

 

 

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Set It Off Announces Summer Tour Schedule

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Set It Off announced its summer tour schedule this week.

The band announced on Monday, that just as the weather warms up, so will its tour schedule.  The band will launch the tour, which runs a little more than a month, is scheduled to launch June 11 in Colorado Springs, CO and to run through July 20 in Mountainview, CA.

The tour’s schedule features performances in cities, such as Poughkeepsie, NY; Charlotte, NC and Milwaukee, WI.  Its schedule is noted below.

SET IT OFF ON TOUR:
THE MIDNIGHT WORLD TOUR PART 3:
WITH EMAROSA, BROADSIDE, + LIZZY FARRALL:

6/11 — Colorado Springs, CO — Black Sheep
6/12 — Lawrence, KS — The Bottleneck
6/14 — Burnsville, MN — The Garage
6/15 — Milwaukee, WI — The Rave
6/16 — Des Moines, IA — Wooly’s
6/18 — St. Louis, MO — Fubar
6/19 — Nashville, TN — The Basement East
6/21 — Indianapolis, IN — The Citadel
6/22 — Columbus, OH — Newport Music Hall
6/23 — Grand Rapids, MI — Elevation
6/25 — Buffalo, NY — Rec Room
6/26 — Poughkeepsie, NY — The Chance Theater
6/28 — Hartford, CT — The Webster
6/29 — Richmond, VA — The Canal Club
6/30 — Atlantic City, NJ — Atlantic City Beach*
7/2 — Pawtucket, RI — The Met
7/3 — Amityville, NY — Revolution
7/5 — Reading, PA — Reverb
7/6 — Silver Spring, MD — The Fillmore
7/7 — Charlotte, NC — Amo’s Southend
7/8 — Orlando, FL — Sad Summer*
7/9 — Lake Park, FL — The Kelsey Theater
7/12 — Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall
7/13 — Austin, TX — Empire Garage
7/16 — Tucson, AZ — 191 Toole
7/18 — Los Angeles, CA — El Rey
7/20 — Mountainview, CA — Shoreline Amphitheatre*
*Festival Dates

Set It Off’s upcoming summer tour schedule is in support of its latest album Midnight, which was released Feb. 1.  The album spawned the singles ‘Midnight Thoughts,’ ‘For You Forever, ‘Dancing With The Devil,’ ‘Lonely Dance‘ and ‘Killer in the Mirror.’ Midnight‘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 upcoming tour, its new album and latest news 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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