Set It Free - Set It Free EP
Record Label: Gas Can Music
Release Date: July 5, 2011
I remember a time when rock bands accidentally became famous; a time when bands made music just to… well, make music. I know; I’ve made this point already in previous reviews - I’m coming to a point, I promise. Recently, I’ve noticed that the best rock albums (LP, EP, or otherwise) are from – let’s face it – relatively unheard of bands. This isn’t just true of rock, sure, but rock has needed a healthy rejuvenation for some time now and it seems it’s in the hands of indie bands to perform this much-needed healing.
Set It Free’s self-titled debut EP may not necessarily fit into the “best” rock releases this year, but that’s kind of the point. It’s not trying to be the best or grandest release; it’s simply trying to be. The statement here is the lack of a statement, which, in this instance, says a lot. This is simply an enjoyable ride from a band that loves what they do, and really, that’s all it needs to be.
From the pounding, in-your-face “Forget the Past” to the mellow, slowed down, and superb “What Is This Love”, it’s simply ear candy. And tasty ear candy it is. “Home Alive” is your typical fast-paced opener, with kick-ass drumming from Victor Pascale, and a head-bobbing chorus. These guys know how to make some infectious tunes, if anything.
When one goes into this record, they shouldn’t expect anything. And I say this in the most positive way possible. Contrary to popular belief, sometimes music doesn’t need to be overly intellectually stimulating or socially relevant. This isn’t to say that the band aren’t talented lyricists, however most of the lyrics just deal with the heart, or forgetting the past. Relatively simple. I’m also sure a lot of thought went into the lyrics, but with the musicianship and dedication present here, the lyrics are completely overshadowed. Not that I’m complaining.