Set Your Goals – Gig Review

Monday 23rd May 2011
Sub 91, Leicester

Line Up:

Jordan Brown – Vocals
Matt Wilson – Vocals
Mike Ambrose – Drums
Dan Coddaire – Guitar
Audelio Flores Jr. – Guitar
Joseph Saucedo – Bass

Set Your Goals are a six-piece American pop-punk band hailing from California, and with the release of their third studio album ‘Burning At Both Ends’ due in June 2011 the guys are embarking on a series of UK tour dates before heading back over to the States.

Now, I’m not going to lie and I’m going to be honest in saying that I’m ashamed at myself for only just discovering Set Your Goals. The band formed in 2004, and during the 90’s when I was trying to find my feet with music and exactly what I enjoyed listening to, I spent a lot of time listening to the likes of New Found Glory and Sum 41. So, when the email landed in my inbox and I’d had the chance to check out the bands music on various music websites, I jumped at the chance of going to see them play at Leicester’s Sub 91.

Support for the night came from A Loss For Words and This Time Next Year, who I also thoroughly enjoyed. There’s nothing I like more than a support act that really knows how to get the crowds going, and it really says something about a band that can hold a crowd as big as the main act.

As soon as Set Your Goals came on stage the crowed were pumped and ready to get punked. So much so that I remember there being more feet in the air than hands! Mosh pits, circle pits, whatever you want to call them, they were formed. The crowed surfed, drank beer and had an awesome time.

The band played a number of tracks from their upcoming album ‘Burning At Both Ends’ as well as a number of previous tracks. We were also treated at an encore of three tracks, before being invited to meet the guys at the end of the night over by the merch table.

A great end to what was a great. I was so impressed with the band that I came home and pre-ordered the album, but not before my friend who was adamant he was buying a shirt, even if they only had it in size L when he only needed a S!