Somerset - This Thought Process (Cover Artwork)


Somerset: This Thought ProcessThis Thought Process (2003)

Reviewer Rating: 4

Contributed by: maverickScott
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Okay, I'm not going to beat around the bush on this review. Here's the story, plain and simple: Somerset will be your new favorite band. The band, made up of four kids from the Minneapolis area, contains Claudio, drummer of the much-maligned and underappreciated Flipsyde. Right away this earns .

Okay, I'm not going to beat around the bush on this review. Here's the story, plain and simple: Somerset will be your new favorite band.

The band, made up of four kids from the Minneapolis area, contains Claudio, drummer of the much-maligned and underappreciated Flipsyde. Right away this earns major points in my book, as Claudio's drumming [and back up singing] was impeccable both when I saw Flipsyde live and on their CD. So before I even popped this in, I knew from a drumming standpoint I'd be more than satisfied.

What I didn't know was just how satisfied I'd be with the rest of the band, too. The band's sound would be one of the borderline emo/punk style that is more or less sweeping the nation nowadays. But where most bands popping up in your hometown sound stale and repetitive, Somerset breaks through the mold with catchy hooks, excellent dual guitars, and amazing lyrics. A sampling from my favorite track on the EP, "Colors Of Insomnia:"

"Rape me and my conviction / sedate me more and more / so I can't see their shores
Take what you were not given / from those you could not scare / World police for peace or global conquest?"
Their sound might be along the lines of so many other late 90s emo/post-hardcore bands, their lyrics are obviously not just about girls and heartbreak. These guys know their shit.

They're also just amazing songwriters for this early on in their career. "The Victim: Animated" is a solid 4 minute adventure through hook after powerful hook. You get powerful lead vocals from singer Forrest, a yelled "One Two Three Four One Two Three Four," you get time changes from 4/4 into 6/8, you get a ridiculously cool guitar outro [best enjoyed with a good pair of headphones] - it's really the best of what the emo-punk scene can offer right now.

Now of course the band isn't perfect. I mean, this is their debut EP, how good could just these 5 short songs be? Well, let me tell you - this isn't greatness, but I'm almost shocked at how damn close it comes. The vocal harmonies are what most bands would kill for, the musicianship displayed by all four of these youngsters is what makes other bands' jaws drop, and the overall groove of the group is second to none. Look for big, big things in the future from Somerset - the word on the street is many a label [both major and indie] are scouting them out. This is one of those bands you'll see those guys on absolutepunk.net be raving about in a few months [but don't hold that against them].

The elevator is on the ground floor, and I'm holding the door open for you. All you need to do is step inside and trust me. Once those doors shut, you're going to be in for the ride of your life with this band.

The Victim: Animated


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psychoos231 (August 10, 2005)

wow hey Scott you should sign these guys to PNR.

Anonymous (December 16, 2004)

being from minneapolis and knowing some of the guys from somerset, i was willing to give a good review the first time i heard the album (whether it was good or not) but last year hearing this awesome band play and sing their lungs and hearts out, i wasn't just gunna give them a review on them, I LOVE THIS CD!! (forest if you read this, tell Soren Anna says hi)

Anonymous (August 3, 2004)

i love somerset. not only are they a promising band, but their personalities and kindness are phenomenol. a couple times now we've gone out to eat at perkins with them and they rock. im from the minneapolis area and anyone from there knows these guys.

Anonymous (June 26, 2004)

hey, i just saw somerset at summerfest in milwaukee and they really kicked ass...i like em and will prolly be following them to see how they do later...idk about sommerset nz cuz i've never heard em, but this somerset rocks!
p.s. ~~ the guitarist is hot...really really.

Anonymous (December 14, 2003)

only a 1 cause the site won't let me give em a negative number. New fav band? what a joke. Flipsyde was a great band and one of my fav bands. Somerset destroyed an awesome band!!!RIP Flipsyde

Anonymous (December 4, 2003)

i actually don't think i can take people adding -core onto the end of anything they want.

the somerset cd is good. just saw them a week ago. good stuff.

Anonymous (November 22, 2003)

stinky but queen

Anonymous (September 7, 2003)

ive seen somerset many times now
they kicked ass everytime.
I will pick up theyre ep right now instead of most other emo/punk bands and listen to it.
im excited for the success theyll have in the future.
hugs and kiss to em

slurpee_queen (July 31, 2003)

That track- "the victim: animated" is awesome... and I trust that their other shit is good too.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

Stefan from Sommerset New Zealand here. May i just say that the OG Sommerset from Sweden kicks ass.

Anonymous (March 29, 2003)

Can we please all grow up for a minute, and sprout some pubic hair. I don't care if you like the guys from New Zealand or not, this is not that band. They are fantastic musicians and if you've seen them live, they play with a passion that most bands can't even comprehend. I respect your opinions of the other band, but if you want to judge these four hardworking guys for making music, try listening to the full album. Sure, not all people like the same music, but if you don't like it, please keep it to yourself. Thanks guys. Somerset rocks.

Anonymous (March 27, 2003)

"This guy's right, I listen to it while touching my middle school sister's breasts."

Holy christ, that gets my comment of spring break comment. I'm sorry, but if the internet can get me to laught that damn much, then it's got to be good. Hahaha... oh, bless my soul.

-El Vaquero
(it's good to see someone using mad as a prefix to adjectives again, it's fucking mad ill)

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

Holy crap it is my favorite CD ever, and i have to say Forrest is amazing like an ape that just shaved his whole body of hair. Its really good.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

The site you guys want is www.sommerset.co.nz go and check out the kiwi boys, there's heaps of Mp3's etc... they're currently touring Europe, so if that's where you're hanging, keep an eye out.

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

Yeah haven't heard this somerset the only true Sommerset is the band from NZ plugging away in Europe right now, go and see them, they are the most amazing live band I have ever seen and I've seen heaps, there albums are good too

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

wow! this band is amazing! of course if you like dull, un-original boring re-hashed tunes. I would now like to qoute the people I agree with "these guys are trendy-core pansy asses" AMEN! and "This song is nothing special. It's tolerable, but it's definitely run of the mill, leaving me with no desire to further pursue this band. Preach to me brother! Dear god people, the only band by the name "Sommerset" worth listening to are from Auckland New Zealand, get a clue and downlaod the tracks available from http://www.sommerset.co.nz/

Loving you unconditionally

Anonymous (March 25, 2003)

This guy's right, I listen to it while touching my middle school sister's breasts.

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

these guys are trendy-core pansy asses. what the hell does anyone see in them, honestly. right down to the slightly-out-of-focus-picture-of-a-woman/inanimate-object-in-past el-and-calming-tones cover art. puss rock at its finest. this is the kind of cd youd see your middle school little sister listening too while touching her newly devloping breasts in delight when she daydreams about the lead singer. and since WHEN does this type of horse manure fall under *punk.* theres not one thing punk about it. fucking. sad.

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)


Summersett was the bombdiggity. I still listen to the demo from 2 years ago. Keep me updated on the new thing that's goin on.


Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

This band b rockin dawgs

FortyMinutesWest (March 24, 2003)

true dat homeslice

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

fuzzy - that band is summersett. the whole heartcore thing was pretty whack, but the band was mad good. the singer is starting something new with a friend of mine on bass, it sounds promising.


Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

I don't think I can take one more trend-core band being described as revolutionary or different.

This song is nothing special. It's tolerable, but it's definitely run of the mill, leaving me with no desire to further pursue this band.

Anonymous (March 24, 2003)

i do what i'm told!

greyicewater (March 23, 2003)

I absolutely love the mp3 posted. I'm going to get that cd.

Icapped2pac (March 23, 2003)

My score is for this one song. Pretty infectious, especially with the time signature changes. Defenitely nothing groundbreaking, but it follows the formula that my favorite bands of the last 5 years have laid down. Hey, not everybody can be totally original. If they could, we wouldnt be able to appreciate the true groundbreaking bands as much. So don't hate just because one band has a similar sound to another, especially if they do it with near-flawless execution like these guys.

sickboi (March 23, 2003)

I have no clue what the person below me just said.

Anonymous (March 23, 2003)

ramo -

interesting story about the girl on the cover...

we are really good friends with the son of the owner of csa images... they did the weezer maladroit cover, the paramount pictures logo, and the little "choir" clip art on bad religion's "process of belief," among other projects...

the girl is made out of plastic, and belongs to the same "plastock" series that weezer's maladroit cover is in.

plug: csaimages.com... hehe...

we were incredibley thrilled when he said we could use one of his images. i think it's pretty attractive, and it works on a few levels with the title of the ep.

- claudio

pope_schlomo (March 23, 2003)

that girl on the cover is such a tease.


waste_elite (March 22, 2003)

"Hah, how did I know Scott did this review?"

because it's at the top of the reviews list and in big bold letters?

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

New Zealand Sommerset = good shit.

Being an Auckland NZ native I have seen them many a time. They are currently on tour in Europe.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

ok you guys, get the facts straight! THIS IS THE SOMERSET FROM MINNESOTA IN THE US! stop commenting if you've realized that its NOT the somerset in NZ, ok? I'm sorry but really, is it all necessary? "Oh I thought this was the other sommerset, they kick ass!" well, sorry, it wasn't. People get a clue! Somerset in MN is the best and I can vouch for it! Seeing them live is the way to go!
I'm out.

Anonymous (March 22, 2003)

fuzzy -

no way! but that's really hillarious to hear that someone would do that.

frankly, the whole "emo" thing is a joke. it's really sad to see kids take a once respectable genre and turn it into a fad "lifestyle" almost... some people get it and some people don't. whatever...

"cheer up, emo kid"... "what's wrong? you're lookin pretty emo today"...

what the fuck is that??? grrrr... like, there's such a thing as an "emo kid" now? ya know? all that shit that sucks...

but, whatever... nothing anyone can do about it except wait til the "fad" dies and the people that are true to the MUSIC stay.

- claudio

Fuzzy (March 22, 2003)

Is this the band that wanted to be called "heartcore" because emo was too immature?

greyicewater (March 22, 2003)

it always makes me laugh when someone can't spell masturbate correctly. especially during an insult like that.

maverick (March 21, 2003)

Geez, if you're going to try and insult me, at least try to spell words correctly.



Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

i bet scott likes to masterbate to the girl on the cover

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

Wait a minute..this is my new favorite band? But the Hives just told me that they were my favorite band. Now I'm so confused. What will I do!

On a more serious note,I'd just like to say I dislike the Bold font of certain reviews. I don't understand why special attention is being brought to certain reviewers work.


FortyMinutesWest (March 21, 2003)

This score is for Refused and The Dismemberment Plan.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

He's not kidding...I fucking love this song (The Victim: Animated)! My ears are happy, now it's time to go to class so I can debate about the war and get all pissed off again.

Eh, I'm going to burn just this one song on a CD to keep me content all day long.

- Scott
(For a lack of better words)

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)


this is claudio, from somerset (minneapolis). i finally got ahold of some mp3s from sommerset, from new zealand. they are really good!

honestly, when we thought of the name, we had no intentions of stepping on anyone's toes, and it's a little unfortunate to now always have this comparison/competition with them...

i think comparing the two bands is like comparing apples to oranges.

i would never try to pit refused (one of my favorite bands) against the dismemberment plan (another favorite band).

anyway, i hope everyone doesn't automatically dismiss us because of our name... hehe...

and thank you, scott, for the review!

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

song is good. but i agree they are not my new favorite band. but i will give it sometime after i burn this song and burn their cd from a friend.

insinceredave (March 21, 2003)

Here's to a long and successful career in the music industry!

insincere dave

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

This score is for N.Z. Sommerset, they rule.

punky (March 21, 2003)

I agree with the rest of the crowd...NZ somerset is great.I've seen them live a couple of times.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

Yeah, I would also advise everyone to check out Sommerset from NZ, they really sound like Lifetime`s back ... and they fucking rock! Best CD in a long while ...

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

I came here expecting a Somerset review on the New Zealand band. No dice...

FortyMinutesWest (March 21, 2003)

Hah, how did I know Scott did this review? Well, this band is far from terrible, but they're not great either. My new favorite band? Nope.

Anonymous (March 21, 2003)

there is a band called somerset from new zealand and they sound like good old LIFETIME... love them! this new band is ok...

-kid dynamite

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