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Set Your Goals

Set Your Goals: DemoDemo (2004)
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Combining the best two elements of Saves The Day's discography (read: the Lifetime-copping of Can't Slow Down and subsequent pop-punk manifesto Through Being Cool's faster songs), Set Your Goals, named after CIV's 1995 album, set out to make melodic hardcore in the purest sense of "melodic." The ba.
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Combining the best two elements of Saves The Day's discography (read: the Lifetime-copping of Can't Slow Down and subsequent pop-punk manifesto Through Being Cool's faster songs), Set Your Goals, named after CIV's 1995 album, set out to make melodic hardcore in the purest sense of "melodic." The band's self-titled demo EP is downright one of the poppiest offerings of the style that's been done...well, ever, but it isn't necessarily a bad thing. As is with many hardcore bands lately, the band's sound is ridiculously derivative (in this case, of the aforementioned), but with two different, deeply contrasting vocalists and an always-moving pace, they sound like they're having a damn good time playing.

While "accessible" is always a cautionary term in that it can mean more musical enjoyment and less artistic branching, it can also lead to a crowd who indulges on the former and completely avoids the latter. Set Your Goals seem destined as the poster boys for a crossover style in this sense, but with fun, meaning, and substance still intact, any immediate cries of selling out are unfounded.

Though the lyrics being shouted are certainly full of youthful vigor (maybe even too much, as gang vocals get overused at times la Comeback Kid), they also suffer from the same bait dangled in youth. They contain sophomoric qualities that with time and maturity can certainly be improved. Past the emo-punk bombast of the instrumental opener (which is actually longer than half its following tracks) is the proper opener "How 'Bout No, Scott?," which screams posi-core in its most raw forms with a defence of retorts stating "I can see your disappointment when I see the look on your face but I've just got to make my choices / No one else! / Just for me! / Maybe you can't see! / I just can't fail forever, and maybe some day I'll set it straight!" The closing track "Latchkey" looks and sounds like a really young and whiny version of Lifetime, especially in a couplet like "I'd hang up the phone at times / and wish that you were dead."

However, there's a ton of potential that lies within this band. If they can appropriate the use of gang shouts, improve the lyrical quality somehow, and think of something original, they'll rightfully hit it big with both the harder pop-punk crowd and even a good chunk of the hardcore kids.

MP3s
How 'Bout No, Scott?
Latchkey

 

 
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powerhour (October 10, 2007)

"amazing melodic harcore/punk. it lame how hardcore kids slamdance to them though"

agreed, thoe kids think its trendy to do so and that this is some "new" kind of hardcore cuz it has elements of hardcore when its actually nothing close to the metal they listen to

blankgenx (April 12, 2007)

just saw them a couple of weeks ago. amazing melodic harcore/punk. it lame how hardcore kids slamdance to them though. Thier new album is also good.

Anonymous (January 14, 2006)

this guys combine positive lyrics, gang vocals, catchiness, and elements of pop punk into one amazing sound. seeing these guys is like a revival of positivity. awesome.

Anonymous (October 4, 2004)

such a good band!

spiritof87punx (October 4, 2004)

This band fucking rules ... fuck this review it sux ... the fucking lyrics are good ... the music is catchy as hell ... and crew vocals are the shit.

Anonymous (October 3, 2004)

So damn catchy!

- I Hate The Kids

Anonymous (October 3, 2004)

so um...does this have anything to do with GB or CIV because this just looks kinda lame...

dazed (October 2, 2004)

So does this sound kind of like Crime in Stereo? I really liked their album. Good CIV album, though.

Anonymous (October 2, 2004)

just take one step...kid.

Bryne (October 2, 2004)

Nothing special, but highly enjoyable.

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

"no such thing as too many gang vocals"

exactly, i love gang vocals. i really like the song "how 'bout no, scott" but the other songs aren't my cup of tea.

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

set your goals: there's an album that needs to be reviewed on this site. somebody better do it soon, cuz i can't wait one minute more

Anonymous (October 1, 2004)

no such thing as too many gang vocals

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