Live Review: Set It Off – Marble Factory, Bristol

despite the weather it gets better‘. It highlights that even when times are rough, just like the weather, things will look up, and when the sun shines, it will shine clearer. Their set was bursting with vivacious, insatiably catchy pop punk beats and breakdowns. I must confess that, prior to researching them before the show, I hadn’t had the pleasure of listening to With Confidence. However… following their incredible set, they are all I have been listening to, and you should give them a go too. Let’s hope we see them again soon. Following a short retreat to the bar for refreshments, the crowd grew visibly excited for Set It Off. Excited chatter grew rapidly into a deafening cheer as they took to the stage, and they put on one hell of a show. The set was filled to bursting with hits, but began with their first, ‘Why Worry’: a great choice! The crowd readily clapped, and belted out the chorus at a volume that gave the Set It Off a run for their money. The call and response vocals were a winner here. The evening was overwhelmingly positive. ‘Ancient History’ reminded us of the virtue of not crawling back to our exes – Danny shining here as he shreds quite the solo, and ‘Forever Stuck in Our Youth’ reminded us to live in the positivity of a moment. Set It Off are an overwhelmingly positive band. This is the case even when they are negotiating rather negative themes, such as that of betrayal, made prevalent in ‘Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing’. This song, my own personal favourite, wholly embodies Set It Off. The sheer sass, coupled with fairy tale allusions, make it inherently clever, and it comes into its own in the live arena. After all, the sass here cannot effectively come into its own until you see Cody spit the lyrics, roll his eyes, and smile cheekily for yourself. Set It Off finished their set with ‘Hypnotized’ which, frankly, is fierce. Here, the iconic Set It Off sass is coupled with a burning anger, which really comes through both lyrically and instrumentally. Cody makes no apologies for dropping his ‘nice guy’ personality here, instead opting for much harsher, but equally infectious lyrics: ‘‘Call me harsh for throwin’ darts and aimin’ for your hollow temples”. The instruments are paradoxically harsh but harmonious, working wonders with such lyrics. The song epitomizes an emotional breaking point, there’s no looking back here. Following the song’s conclusion, and a collective shout of ‘Go fuck yourself!’, the evening was over. I haven’t been as reluctant to leave a venue in a long time, but I knew I wasn’t alone in walking home with a smile on my face that night. What a show.   Review: Amy Jefferies.  ]]>

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