Solitary Set
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Solitary Set

Baltimore, Maryland, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Established on Jan, 2016
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"Premiere: Solitary Set share new song 'Asking For A Friend'"

Today the Baltimore-based trio Solitary Set are premiering the first single off of their upcoming sophomore album The Series Parallel, titled ‘Asking For A Friend.’ Combining their decades of experience in hardcore, indie rock, and pop punk, Solitary Set have crafted a sound on their new album that’s a little bit quieter and a little more thoughtful than the chaotic moshpits and overdriven guitars of their collective pasts without sacrificing passion or integrity. ‘Asking For A Friend’ is equal parts Midwestern emo and post-hardcore, with twinkling guitars, driving basslines, and throaty vocals reminescent of Oklahoma City’s Red City Radio.

Of the song itself, vocalist and songwriter Jason Henry Brohm says: “The lyrics are basically about maintaining a relationship with a partner that slept with your best friend. Knowing that it's damaged and can't be fixed but still staying together because it feels safe, and the momentum just isn’t there to leave. It’s about being stuck and angry but not taking the steps to change any of it, just existing. It has that sound of angry resignation.”

Solitary Set is Jason Henry Brohm, Tanner Spaulding, and Kenneth Noble. The Series Parallel will be available on all streaming platforms December 6th, with a vinyl release to follow. - Punk Rock Theory

"Solitary Set take a step forward on forthcoming EP"

How have I not heard of Solitary Set? Being they're from my hometown of Baltimore, MD, I'm not sure how I overlooked these guys or have never seen them live. After recently discovering their debut LP and getting a sneakpreview of their forthcoming EP, that will have to change ASAP (assuming they do some touring and play more local shows I hope).

On their new EP "The Series Parallel", Solitary Set capture the emotionally driven indie/emocore of the mid/late 90s, with influences from many of the bands I still listen to today. While bands like Archers of Loaf, Samiam, Knapsack, Appleseed Cast, Texas is the Reason, Hot Water Music, Mineral and Elliot were playing some variation of stuff like this some 20+ years ago, Solitary Set sound equally as current on their new EP, by also incorporating the gritty and anthemic feel of more recent bands like Iron Chic and Red City Radio. The best way I can describe their sound is equal parts 90s midwestern indie/emo/punk and melodic anthemic Gainsville, FL punk.

I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the latest EP and although it's hard to gauge the quality of the production from an album stream, although even the stream sounds pretty damn good (I'll comment on that when I hear this in full quality), I am thoroughly impressed with what I'm hearing so far in the songs themselves. Before I streamed this, I gave their debut LP a few listens just to familiarize myself with their prior material. First off, I highly recommend their debut LP Low and Outside. However, the songs on their upcoming EP sound like a steady progression and more realized vision of what they were going for. Where these new songs may be a little quieter, maybe even a little darker too, they still pack the same punch as their previous efforts, with the same amount of passion, melodic sensibility and emotion, and with even more layers of instrumentation. The songs are full of hook-laiden guitar melodies that are sometimes clean and jangly, and other times thick and distorted, led by Jason Brohm's light rhasp vocal styling, which is likely to please fans of many of the bands I've named above. There is a range of tempos on the record, which prevents the pacing of the album from sounding monotonous, while the low end holds everything tightly together.

Baltimore may have more widely recognized bands like Have Mercy, Pianos Become The Teeth and The Dangerous Summer in our small indie/punk scene, but it's Solitary Set who deserve more recognition. Still a fairly new band, I look forward to hearing more about these guys in the future, and hopefully seeing their fanbase expand when the new EP drops. I still plan on giving this EP a proper listen when it's officially released, and hope to post a more detailed review about the individual songs. Until then, I'll enjoy this sneak preview, perfect for the fall/winter weather! - ReleaseWave


Low and Outside (LP)

Asking For A Friend (Single)
The Series Parallel (EP)



Can you age out of punk? As the generation who were teenagers during the heyday of contemporary punk music approach middle-age, it’s a question we find ourselves asking more and more often. When we stop screaming and start to grow more comfortable with silence, we find a lot of beautiful sounds not heard often in the canon of punk. Solitary Set was born from those questions and those sounds—a culmination of decades spent at punk shows baring our hearts and the moments since spent wondering what else might be out there. Combining the best elements of Midwestern emo, instrumental post-rock, and hardcore from all over the U.S., Solitary Set exist to bare their hearts again.

Formed in 2016 from the ashes of Baltimore indie/emo acts Old Victrola and Seven States Across, Solitary Set enjoyed a brief run in the DMV area before flaming out spectacularly right after releasing their first album, Low and Outside, in 2017 and going their separate ways. Guitarist/vocalist Jason Henry Brohm (Old Victrola, Sullen Brother) thought that would be the end of the band, but their story seemed destined to continue. A series of coincidences that some might call fate brought new bass player Tanner Spaulding (Incision) and drummer Kenneth Noble (Southpaw, Survival Society) into Brohm’s life with the intent to start a new band, but the more they played together, the more they found themselves drifting back to the unique Solitary Set sound. They decided to embrace it, and Solitary Set was reborn.

Though based in Maryland, none of the three members of Solitary Set are native sons. By pooling the elements that drew them to Baltimore and combining them with the best parts of St. Louis and NY hardcore, Gainesville punk, and indie Americana from up and down the east coast, Solitary Set has crafted an original catalog that honors their histories while still leaving room for the future.

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