Set It Off
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Set It Off

Clearwater, Florida, United States | SELF

Clearwater, Florida, United States | SELF
Band Classical Pop


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"AP Magazine"

Home Town Heroes
Rank: #4

Their Story:
Few Hometown Heroes have already performed on the AP tour. But Set It Off vocalist/guitarist Cody Carson has. While he was attending college in the Midwest, he caught the final show of the 2008 spring tour in Cleveland and was pulled on stage by Alex Gaskarth to sing an All Time Low song. Although his parents had dreams that he's be a professional clarinetist, that cameo led to their blessing to be a rock star. He assembled he assembled the other four members and Set It Off played their first show within a month.

Why You Should Know Them:
Set It Off play an infectious brand of melodi, pop-heavy rock with novel use of synths to go along with the sing=along choruses. Although they've only been together for a year, they've already completed EIGHT North American tours. You have to respect their confidence. "The new stuff we're writing is going to revolutionize the pop world," says Carson. - Issue #259 February 2010

"Substream Magazine"

The first substream generation is already inspiring the second. When Alex Gaskarth invited Cody Carson onstage at a Cleveland, Ohio, performance to sing "Coffeeshop Soundtrack,"the second substream generation was born. Carson, then a clarinet performance student at Oberlin College, redirected his musical aspirations toward the indie music scene. Tradgedy would drive Carson to action as his father lost his battle with cancer, and Carson immediately left Ohio to join up with Austin Kerr and Zach Something to begin Set It Off. Soon Dan Clermont and Benji Panic added their talents and the band was born.

Back home in Tampa, the band, comprised of several member with experience in harder music, breathed new life into the struggling pop scene. Set It Off has embraced their genre and is proud to do what they do best. "We are well aware of the fact that we fit too well into the wide array of pop/punk bands almost too well. But we are good at what we do in our genre." Their EP, Baby You Don't Tripajaharda, was the fruit of much of Carso's dorm room efforts at writing and was a rapid production by the band. Their debut album, Calm Before The Storm, documents the journey of a relationship from falling in love to the break up. That type of holistic album is rare and should be a refreshing addition to the pop punk scene. Carson's voice truly soars over their exciting music and is both elegant and refreshing.

The guys are planning an East Coast and Midwest tour with At Cliffs End this winter and have shows scheduled through the rest of the fall. Keep an eye out for Set It Off as they hit the road and check out their new album, Calm Before the Storm, in stores now. - Issue #17 December

"Tampa Bay's next big thing - Set It Off"

Florida is no stranger to successful pop-punk. New Found Glory, (who, by the way, is playing at Jannus Landing on April 11th! Get your tickets now!) and We The Kings (Hailing from Bradenton) are just two prime examples of the kind of pop-punk/rock phenomena Florida has been famous for pumping out consistently.

Not unlike its pop-punk-predecessors, newcomers Set it Off have found a winning formula by combining relatable lyrics, stunning vocals, and remarkably talented instrumental musicians.

Cody Carson, Dan Clermont, Zach “Something“, Benji “Panic,” and Austin Kerr all call the Tampa Bay area home.

Cody, the lead vocalist and guitarist, was originally a clarinet player and making his way through college playing it when he decided, “You know, I just knew this band was something big. This was my dream, I knew I had to take it.”

With Dan Clermont, a highly experienced, multi-instrumentally-inclined keyboardist, Austin, an impressive bassist, Zach pulling it together with his unmistakable guitar melodies and Benji banging out the percussion instruments, the sound is nothing short of addictive.

The first thing one will notice when listening to a Set It Off track is how refreshing it is to hear a modern, talented rock band with actual singing as opposed to screaming. Cody’s crisp, clear voice is only highlighted and accentuated by the band’s perfectly synchronized instrumentals and undeniably catchy melodies. (Think - Senses Fail meets Taking Back Sunday meets old, GOOD Fall Out Boy.) The lyrics, however, are another strong selling point of Set It Off. In “143,” the band’s recently recorded new single, Cody captures the intense emotion of his cheating girlfriend while he sings,

“Here we go, I’m not alone, your cover’s blown. Hey, sweetie, welcome to your song. I never wanted to exploit your every flaw, until you brought this forward. I know I never wanted to see you fall until you brought this forward.”

Set It Off is currently finishing up their recently recorded EP, as well as completing the process of editing their newest music video for the single “143.” In the meantime, you can keep up with the SIO boys by watching out for new appearance dates on their myspace, watching their daily youtube updates, watching them perform LIVE on stickam, or following Cody's every move on twitter.

to see the article please visit this link: - Chelsea Criner (Tampa Music Examiner)


Set It Off has two EPs on iTunes:

"Baby You Don't Tripajaharda" Released on October 31st, 2008

EP “Calm Before The Storm” Produced by Paul Leavitt Released on May 8th, 2009

3 new singles released (Hush Hush, Together Forever, @Reply) in anticipation of new Album Produced by Dave Melilo( ex-Cute Is what We Aim For) Mixed By Zack and Ken(Mayday Parade, Cartel, All Time Low, Usher, Ludacris )



Starting in 2008, after Cody Carson, then a student at the Oberlin Music Conservatory in Ohio, decided that his true passion was the road, and creating music that fans alike could relate to, moved home, where he reconnected with Kerr, Something and Clermont.

In the past two years the Tampa Florida based band released their second EP, Calm Before the Storm; played the Warped Tour; racked up nearly a dozen endorsements and were featured on Friends Or Enemies and in Alternative Press and Substream magazines. They are tireless performers, racking up some 450 gigs on a more than 16 tours since July 2008; racking past 100,000 miles on their van and even more voracious self-promoters, always looking for ways to connect with their many fans online and in person. They know the fans are what drives their career, so they do as much as possible to interact with them.

Feeling they've grown up from their trendy beginnings and tired with the generic sound in the scene as a whole, they’ve focused on developing a new sound for themselves, something they like to call “Orchestral Pop”, fusing their classical backgrounds (Carson and Clermont were both in Wind Ensembles, Orchestras, & Jazz bands) with pop music, something they hope, will “Set It Off” in the industry.

-Since their first show in July of 2008 Set It Off has managed to sell more than 4000 shirts, 1500 Posters, 4500 Physical CD's and 29,000 songs on iTunes, Amazon, and Napster.

-Over 2,000,000 views on their youtube channel which includes 2 music videos with over 50,000 views each.

-More than 1,150,000 plays on myspace.

-Played their hometown Warped Tour date within the first year of being a band. Had an opportunity to play the following year but had to decline due to a show on a tour they were currently on.

-In just over a year and a half, they have completed 2 Florida tours, 1 International/full US tour, 6 full east coast/midwest, 7 full eastcoast/international tours, (over 450 dates and 100,000 miles).

-Recently they have been featured in Substream magazine twice, AP magazine, Friends or Enemies Unsigned VIP's, Goom/FOE Radio Artist Of The Month, are regulars on The Gunz Show and FOE Radio, have been featured on over 200 sites, including, and

-Sponsored By: Egnater Amps (Musical Equipment), Ernie Ball (Musical Equipment) Stereo Bear(Apparel), Dirty Shirty(Apparel), Music Saves Lives(Charity), Rock For Health(Charity), Tres Cute (Accessory), Brady Cases(Road Cases), Noise Apparel(Apparel), Smiling Swine (Design Firm) Inspire & Infect (Apparel)