Floridian quartet Set It Off have been going from strength to strength since the release of their second album ‘Duality’, releasing an EP of acoustic versions of a few of the record’s favourites, a successful run on the Vans Warped Tour, and an extra curricular effort in the form of a cover of ‘Uptown Funk’ with Fueled By Ramen signees, Against The Current. The boys are now back with their new full-length release, ‘Upside Down’, determined to carry on their conquest of the pop-rock scene.
Kicking off the record is lead single ‘Something New’, which, whilst being just as infectious as you’d expect, is oddly radio-friendly for Set It Off, which becomes apparent as a theme across the release, as demonstrated by feel-good number and second single ‘Life Afraid’ along with the LP’s title track, ‘Upside Down’. The boys do hark back to their darker tendencies here and there on tracks such as ‘Want’ and ‘Admit It’, which is a welcome return to some of their previous influences.
The highlight of this record comes in the form of ‘Hypnotized’, which sees the return of the Set It Off that we know and love, full of theatrics and boiling over with angst, attitude, and a bit of bad language to keep the blood pumping. Frontman Cody Carson makes sure to showcase his trademark outstanding vocals across the release, but most impressively on ‘Uncontainable’ and funky offering, ‘Tug Of War’.
‘Upside Down’ is a release that shows a lot of progression within Set It Off. Whilst it’s a shame that they’ve toned down the drama and theatrics that made them unique, there are still echoes of it that, combined with the band’s ability to create outrageously catchy songs, will no doubt bring the band more of the success that they’ve been garnering over the past few years, and establish them as one of the leading acts in their scene.
Written by Jon Barlow (@Narlow1)