Set It Off at The Roxy in Los Angeles

It's Friday night, and the Church of Set It Off is in session at Los Angeles venue The Roxy. It’s easy to make this comparison, as what the Florida-based band did wasn't just another musical performance, but an inspiring chance to let the proverbial "it" out and leave whatever bother out on Sunset Blvd.

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To sum up our review of their album, the band has finally realized their sound, and it's even more accurate live. The true nature of the music is exposed in its ephemeral form, baring the interwoven influences and talents of each individual member. While there is an orchestral theme to the group’s music that can't be brought on the road—at least, not while playing small venues—it was not to the detriment of the music as the amped up performance and live tweaks made the lack of brass and string instrumentation unnoticeable.

Lead singer Cody Carson isn't just performing music, but leading a symphony as he conducted the crowd through a perfectly paced set list. It's true for the entire band as without any one of the members, something would be sorely missing, but Carson especially is a force to be reckoned with. It's hard to believe that there was ever a time where he wasn't a frontman as his complete and utter command managed to help him connect with everyone in the crowd. If he wasn't holding a fans' hand, a gesture that most times seemed as if he did it without even thinking—drawing support straight through their fingertips, he was throwing himself into the crowd and standing on top of it. (Yes. Standing.)

The group, who formed in 2008, has certainly done their time and they have certainly put in the work growing from a pop-rock band without any standout features—Baby, You Don’t Tripajaharda EP—to a quick flirtation with something a little darker—Horrible Kids—they’ve finally landed on a perfect amalgamation of pristine pop and powerful rock. The quartet has been flying under the radar since discovering themselves and their sound, but it doesn't seem they'll stay that way for long.

Closing out the night with thank yous and a speech about their journey and how they're nowhere near done, it was clear how passionate Set It Off are as Carson looked particularly moved looking out over the crowd. It's one thing to read bands thanking their fans, but it's entirely another to witness the emotion overflowing from an artist, which only makes us root for them more. With any luck, we'll see them selling out far larger venues, and with even more luck, it will be very soon.

Text and photos by Victoria Patneaude

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