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

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/setitoffband

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:

 

 

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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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Set It Off Shines Again On ‘Midnight’

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Set It Off has come a long way since its initial formation more than a decade ago in Tampa, Florida.  The band, which started out as very much an emo punk style act in its early days, has gradually evolved and adapted with each new EP and album, clearly exhibiting its band members’ talents time and again.  That evolution is more on display in the band’s latest album Midnight (its fourth full-length studio recording) than on any of its previous offerings partially through the album’s musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly.  The same can be said of the songs’ lyrical content, which will be discussed a little later.  The record’s sequencing puts the finishing touch on its presentation, helping to put all of that talent on display and keep listeners engaged and entertained from start to finish.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Midnight.  All things considered, they make Midnight another strong offering from Set It Off.

Set It Off’s new album Midnight, released Feb. 1 via Fearless Records, is an important and welcome new offering from the, Tampa, Florida-based band.  That is because the album puts on display even more than ever, the band’s growth both musically and lyrically.  Looking first at the record’s musical content, this record’s 15-song, 51-minute shows so much more pop influence than has ever been show previously from the band.  That is evidenced early on in the arrangement presented in ‘Hourglass,’ the album’s second song.  This clearly pop-infused song crosses the band’s familiar punk style sound with a much more radio-ready sound for a whole that will stick in any listener’s head.  The more pop-centered sound is present more in the song’s choruses than its verses, but it still clearly evident.  ‘Different Songs’ is another example of the ways in which Set It Off exhibits its growth on this record.  The familiar sounds from the band’s past records is there again, but far less than in so many of the band’s past albums.  If anything, it is more of a pop-rock arrangement that is ready for any top 40 radio station than any of the emo punk works that the band has ever crafted.  ‘Stitch Me Up’ is yet another example of how much Set It Off has grown musically.  This song’s arrangement is a full-on pop arrangement that again is fully ready for any mainstream Top 40 station.  This is evident in the electronics, guitars and keyboards.  It sounds collectively, like so many catchy pop songs that have been turned out by so many other acts.  Much the same can be said of the arrangement at the center of ‘I Want You (Gone) (ft. Matt Appleton) and Happy All The Time (ft. Skyler Acord).’  These songs’ guitars and pop-style hooks and choruses are a far cry from the band’s past compositions.  Now all of this is not to say that the band does not present its more familiar, harder-edged sound from its past records, but those arrangements are definitely less prevalent here than the band’s more pop-centered works, which the band really started showing with its 2014 album Duality.

While the musical content presented throughout Midnight clearly exhibits Set It Off’s continued evolution from start to finish, it is just one of the items that shows that evolution.  A close listen to the album’s lyrical content shows that said content exhibits the band’s growth in its own way.  The songs centered on issues of relationships show a wider range of emotions.  ‘Lonely Dance,’ which tells introverts that it is okay to be who they are, is another example of that growth.  Few, if any bands have braved such an issue, and so eloquently at that.  It sets the band – and the album – apart from its counterparts throughout the rock and pop community even more.  As if that is not enough, a song, such as ‘Dancing with The Devil,’ which front man Cody Carson explained is about being aware of false friends, is just as easily understood and original in its approach to the topic.  ‘Midnight Thoughts’ is yet another example of how the album’s lyrical content exhibits the band’s continued growth.  It is yet another of the album’s songs that musically shows quite a change from the band’s past, showing more semblance to Maroon 5 and other bands than its own work.  Lyrically, it takes on the issue of how each one of us faces those thoughts every night that keep us from sleeping.  Yet again, the band might not be the only act to ever address the topic, but few, if any, other acts out there can say that they have done this, and in the fashion in which Set It Off has here.  It is just one more way in which Midnight’s lyrical content shows Set It Off’s continued growth on this album.  It shows once more, the band delving into an area in which it previously had not touched.  That it was able to reach into that realm so clearly and in such catchy fashion (through its music) is another strong statement from the band.  When it is considered along with the rest of the lyrical (and musical) content displayed throughout Midnight, the whole shows without doubt why Midnight is another positive offering from Set It Off.

The musical and lyrical content presented throughout Midnight goes a long way toward showing what makes Set It Off’s latest LP a welcome offering from the band.  It shows once again, the band’s continued evolution and ability to handle various musical styles.  That is rare in today’s music industry, so again, the band should be proud of itself.  The band’s true fans should be just as positive toward the band, to that end.  While the record’s overall content does plenty to the positive for Midnight, one cannot ignore the importance of the album’s sequencing in that overall presentation.  Listeners will note that the album starts off with Set It Off’s familiar emo punk styling in ‘Killer in the Mirror’ before switching to a more pop-centric sound in ‘Hourglass.’  From there, the album moves into ‘Lonely Dance,’ which presents a mix of both the band’s former sound and its more pop-centric sound in one.  ‘Different Songs,’ switches things up again, giving listeners more of that direct pop sound, as does ‘For You Forever.’  ‘Dancing With The Devil’ presents a pop/hip-hop hybrid sound that is just as accessible as any of its more well-known Top 40 counterparts.  From that point, the album leans increasingly toward a pop direction, again showing where the band is moving.  It eventually reaches its peak in the deeply emotional ‘Unopened Windows,’ which opens with Carson alone on piano and vocals.  The song gradually builds, adding in a triangle, tambourine and then other elements.  It is a very familiar mainstream approach, but still powerful in its own right that is certain to help the band’s chances of breaking into said mainstream world.  Looking at the overall picture of Midnight’s sequencing, it becomes clear that plenty of thought and time was put into ordering the songs for this record.  The band (and other creative forces) wanted to gradually ease audiences into the band’s current direction, rather than overpowering them.  That is what seems to be inferred through the album’s sequencing.  When this is considered along with the growth exhibited through the album’s musical and lyrical content, the whole of these elements makes Midnight another strong effort from Set It Off.

Set It Off’s fourth full-length studio recording Midnight is a key offering from the band.  That is because it shows more than any of the band’s past albums, it shows significant growth from the band, both musically and lyrically.  The arrangements show clearly the band’s willingness to take chances.  The lyrical content shows the band branching out even in the area of relationship-based songs while also taking on otherwise little addressed topics, such as being an introvert and facing those problems that keep us up at night.  The album’s sequencing keeps things interesting in regards to each content, showing plenty of time and thought was put into said matter.  Keeping all of this in mind, Midnight proves to be a strong offering that will earn the band just as many fans as it might lose.  In other words, it is another successful effort overall for the band.

 

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Set It Off will launch a tour in support of Midnight next week.  The tour, whose dates are listed below, is set to run through March 24, features scheduled performances in Greensboro, NC; Portland, OR and Mesa, AZ.

SET IT OFF ON TOUR:
MIDNIGHT WORLD TOUR PART 1
WITH WITH CONFIDENCE + (super whatevr)

2/15 — Las Vegas, NV — Hard Rock Hotel
2/16 — Pomona, CA — The Glass House
2/17 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
2/19 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
2/20 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
2/23 — Salt Lake City, UT — In The Venue
2/24 — Denver, CO — Marquis Theatre
2/26 — Chicago, IL — Metro
2/27 — Pontiac, MI — Crofoot Ballroom
2/28 — New York, NY — Gramercy Theatre
3/2 — Millvale, PA — Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/3 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
3/5 — Cleveland Heights, OH — Grog Shop
3/6 — Toronto, ON — Mod Club
3/8 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
3/9 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
3/10 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
3/12 — West Columbia, SC — New Brookland Tavern
3/13 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
3/15 — Orlando, FL — The Abbey
3/18 — Dallas, TX — 2513 Deep Ellum
3/19 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
3/20 — San Antonio, TX — Alamo City Music Hall
3/22 — Mesa, AZ — The Nile
3/23 — West Hollywood, CA — The Roxy
3/24 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall

Set It Off debuted the video for Midnight’s latest single, ‘Dancing With The Devil’ on Feb. 4.  The video is streaming online now here.

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Set It Off Premieres More New Music From ‘Midnight’

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Set It Off has released another single from its upcoming album.

The band debuted its latest single ‘Midnight Thoughts‘ on Tuesday.  The song is just the latest to be released from the band’s forthcoming album Midnight, which is currently scheduled for release on Feb. 1.

Front man Cody Carson explained the song’s lyrical theme in a recent interview, saying it addresses the problem that so many people face every day and taking control of them.

“I, like many people in our generation today, have a tremendously terrible time falling asleep at a decent hour,” Carson said.  “I find myself lying awake in in my bed and reflecting on so many things at once that sometimes they overlap and attack me.  the good, the bad, the what could have been, the what should have been…they are very present.  The song is about learning to deal with these thoughts and feelings, not letting them consume you and just living with it.  Some things you cannot control, you just have to tolerate it.”

‘Midnight Thoughts’ is the fifth song so far to be released from Midnight.  Most recently, the band debut the album’s third and fourth singles ‘For You Forever‘ and ‘Dancing With the Devil.’  Prior to their debut, the band released the single and video for the album’s second single, ‘Lonely Dance.’  The album’s debut single, ‘Killer in the Mirror‘ saw its video premiered July 24.

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]

 

Courtesy: Fearless Records

Set It Off will launch a tour in support of Midnight on Feb. 15 in Las Vegas, NV.  The tour’s current schedule runs through March 24 in San Francisco, CA, and features performances in cities, such as Greensboro, NC; Pontiac, MI and Seattle, WA.  the tour’s current schedule is noted below.

SET IT OFF ON TOUR:
MIDNIGHT WORLD TOUR PART 1
WITH WITH CONFIDENCE + (super whatevr)

2/15 — Las Vegas, NV — Hard Rock Hotel
2/16 — Pomona, CA — The Glass House
2/17 — Santa Cruz, CA — The Catalyst
2/19 — Portland, OR — Hawthorne Theater
2/20 — Seattle, WA — El Corazon
2/23 — Salt Lake City, UT — In The Venue
2/24 — Denver, CO — Marquis Theatre
2/26 — Chicago, IL — Metro
2/27 — Pontiac, MI — Crofoot Ballroom
2/28 — New York, NY — Gramercy Theatre
3/2 — Millvale, PA — Mr. Smalls Theatre
3/3 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
3/5 — Cleveland Heights, OH — Grog Shop
3/6 — Toronto, ON — Mod Club
3/8 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
3/9 — Baltimore, MD — Baltimore Soundstage
3/10 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
3/12 — West Columbia, SC — New Brookland Tavern
3/13 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
3/15 — Orlando, FL — The Abbey
3/18 — Dallas, TX — 2513 Deep Ellum
3/19 — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall
3/20 — San Antonio, TX — Alamo City Music Hall
3/22 — Mesa, AZ — The Nile
3/23 — West Hollywood, CA — The Roxy
3/24 — San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall

More information on Set It Off’s new single, tour, album 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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