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Set It Off Live Show Review The Met, Pawtucket, RI July 2nd, 2019 By Ariana Leo

Set It Off

Live Show Review

The Met, Pawtucket, RI

July 2nd, 2019

By Ariana Leo, Photojournalist

Boston Rock Radio 


A hot, sweaty July evening--what better conditions for one of the highest-energy bands in today’s alternative scene to play in a tiny, intimate venue! The heat didn’t stop Set It Off’s dedicated fans from painting the band’s trademark hourglass “S” on their faces or from screaming their hearts and lungs out the entire time.

Tuesday’s show was part of the third leg of Set It Off’s world tour for their new full-length album, MidnightAfter a wildly successful first run in the U.S., the band decided to return and hit some new cities. From the edge of the stage to the back doors, The Met was completely packed--packed heavily enough for vocalist Cody Carson to walk onto the outstretched hands of the crowd, taking this already insane show to a whole new level.


A huge LED screen at the back of the stage helped to enhance the visual experience, starting with a suspenseful countdown before Set It Off officially took the stage and launched into their explosive opening number, “Lonely Dance.” They continued with an older favorite, 2014’s “N.M.E,” followed by “No Disrespect,” and “Killer in the Mirror,” both from Midnightthe latter of which had every single person in the room waving their hands back and forth in perfect sync with Carson.

Aside from playing a perfect mix of the old and the new, Set It Off shook things up in plenty of other ways. Drummer Maxx Danziger swapped places with Carson for “Bad Guy,” and pulled out his ukelele. Halfway through the band’s set, Danziger was featured again, this time as a soloist, playing drum covers of a few beloved pop songs.




One of the biggest show-stoppers of the evening was the soaring ballad “Unopened Windows,” a beautiful tribute to Carson’s late father. He was clearly overcome with emotion as he played and sang this deeply personal song, and every member of the audience felt it too.



Of course, after this, the band picked the energy right back up. They exited the stage after playing their new album’s lead single, “Midnight Thoughts,” waited for a good, steady, roaring chant of “SET IT OFF! SET IT OFF!” to get going and then burst back out for two encores. From their unbelievably fun stage presence despite the sweltering heat, to Carson’s crowd-surfing (crowd-standing?) and admitting to fighting his way through the remaining tour dates with a vocal hemorrhage, this band’s tenacity and loyalty to their fans cannot be overstated. Be sure to put Set It Off on your list of must-see pop-rock acts when they return to the States next time, but don’t be surprised if you can’t catch them at a small club venue—the success of Midnight proves they’re headed for bigger and better things.

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