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Rogue Set

Rogue Set: The Elm City ShuffleThe Elm City Shuffle (2007)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2.5


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Rogue Set are definitely a competent band, but maybe they're a little too confident in said competence. While they play some rather inspired, sincere and minimally setup punk rock in the vein of early Against Me!, they definitely seem a little overambitious, with The Elm City Shuffle clocking in at .
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Rogue Set are definitely a competent band, but maybe they're a little too confident in said competence. While they play some rather inspired, sincere and minimally setup punk rock in the vein of early Against Me!, they definitely seem a little overambitious, with The Elm City Shuffle clocking in at 8 tracks and 41 minutes, and not enough interesting ideas to prevent 5-minute punk songs from ultimately becoming a little boring halfway through or so.

None of the songs ever really craft a crescendo of sorts, or offer some sort of anticipated peak. "I Hate Bands with Mission Statements, Unless It's Latterman"'s best shot at a climax is a slight uptick in the "chaos" of the guitars and percussion, playing ever-so-slightly faster and harder. Simply put, it's not worth the wait or repeated parts of the song. An electric geet loops a continuous, never-ending riff that seems to make up a hefty portion of "Salt Your Neighbor's Lawn"; it's likely to lose your attention until everything comes back in for an abbreviated pickup.

This is a definite problem with The Elm City Shuffle. I like the band's influences; I like their style; but their songs are too fucking long to be so stripped down. The Elm City Shuffle would probably make a pretty solid EP, but as is it's simply stretched beyond its limits.

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I Hate Bands with Mission Statements, Unless It's Latterman
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Amsteel (May 5, 2008)

I fucking love this band.

Well, the title track of this album probably put my score up a lot, but the rest are still very good as well.

The lyrics to the song "The Elm City Shuffle" are... well, they're moving.

I can't wait for their next release.

treymon (September 30, 2007)

i thought this WAS the rogue set from florida at first..

Chewy_Almighty (September 24, 2007)

anybody hear of the Rogue Set from St. Petersburg, FL?

they broke up a few years ago. Anthony's in Steady State (guitarist/singer) now...so's Ivy (the drummer) and Kevin (bassist/back up vox) was in Spirits Down. don't know what anybody else has done.

that's all this review makes me think of.

briennis (September 23, 2007)

this band had better be from New Haven

ChokingVictim (September 22, 2007)

upon further listening to their myspace songs, i don't think their songs drag on too long. this shit is really good.

ChokingVictim (September 22, 2007)

i want this cd.

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