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Album Review

Warped Tour darlings Set Your Goals garnered a strong fanbase through non-stop touring, opening shows for the likes of Anti-Flag, Saves the Day, and All Time Low. This Will Be The Death of Us found the San Francisco-based pop-punkers newly signed to the Epitaph label, which resulted in a step up production-wise. With a crisp, clean, snap-tight sound, the band charges though 12 tracks of speedy, energetic, literate hardcore often reminiscent of smart-punks Bad Religion and All. "Like You and Me" is full of honest introspection ("I want to learn from mistakes") while the hard-rocking "Equals" assures fans that the band is just like them ("that voice behind the verses/is still so far from perfect"). Throughout, Set Your Goals' mature, positive attitude meshes well with the music's youthful exuberance, resulting in a straight-edge themed album that is both musically captivating and refreshingly non-preachy.

Customer Reviews

One of the Best Punk Releases of '09 (So Far)

I'm gonna be honest here: I only heard this album through a friend who got a leak of it. He burned me a copy, and this has been in my possession for at least a week. Basically, after listening to this all the way through once, I immediately went to the bands website and purchased the album legit. This is one of the better, if not the best, punk releases this year. SYG hammer it home on this album. It sounds a little different than their past records, but with a guitarist overhaul, that's expected. Heck, I'll go track by track on this one: 1. This Will Be the Death of Us - Talks about nearly breaking up while on tour, features Vinnie Carauna from I Am The Avalanche/Movielife. It's a great opening track, and sets the tone for the album. 2. With Hoffman Lenses... - Interlude. It's cool, though. 3. Look Closer - Great lyrics. It's really introspective and seems to get a decent point across. It proves that there's been an evolution in their songwriting. 4. Summer Jam - Fun pop-punk song. It's exactly what you'd expect a song about a fun summer to be. But it's actually listenable for more than one play. 5. Like You to Me - It's a skate punk love song of sorts. You don't hear a lot of this kind of stuff, but I'm a fan of it. SYG dishes out relationship advice, kinda. It sounds out of place, but it's a really good fit on the record. 6. The Fallen... - It's about their old record label. It's got some good anger that you can sense, but it's not too aggressive, and doesn't hit too hard. Good quasi-breakdown that really gets the point across. 7. The Few That Remain - My favorite track on the album. It's seriously off the chain. And the vocals that Hayley Williams from Paramore puts in come with more conviction than I've heard on any of her actual band's records. Truth. I wasn't expecting her, and when I did hear her, I wasn't disappointed. If you're buying one track, make it this one. 8. Equals - SYG don't want to be idols. That's what this one's about. They feel that they and their fans are on the same level. They don't want to be on a higher plane. It's a good track. Kinda forgettable, but still great. 9. Gaia Bleeds - Heavy track. Heavier than anything else on the album. Amazing breakdown, and it's about saving the environment, more or less. Very much unexpected. Give it a spin. 10. Flawed Methods... - It sounds a lot like some stuff by A Wilhelm Scream. Dual guitar work shines on this one. It's good, but I guess it's a somewhat low point, but not really. More like a less-high point. 11. Arrival Notes - Interlude. It's really somber. 12. Our Ethos - Another really good track. I'd much rather focus on the ending though. The a capella right at the end is one of those things I love in an album, proving that the vocalists can pull their weight. This comes through and delivers a nice punch right at the end. In closing, this is my favorite album from the whole skate punk scene since A Wilhelm Scream's "Career Suicide". I've had it on heavy repeat for the past week. It's definitely a keeper, and if you did like this, go check out some of AWS's stuff, it's harder, but in my opinion better. However, until they come out with a new full length, this is still awesome. I'd give it about a 4.6 out of 5. But I can't do fractions of stars, so I rounded up. If it's not already considered a punk classic, it should be on its way. It's the exact opposite of a sophomore slump.

This Will Be the Death of Us, how true

If you're expecting an album in the vain of mutiny! like i was you're sorely mistaken. I heard a few of the songs on SYG's myspace before the album actually dropped and wasn't impressed, but bought the album anyways hoping id be surprised. I don't know if it's because they got signed to epitaph, but 'this will be the death of us' doesn't have the same sense of urgency as mutiny! or reset. If you got into SYG after their warped tour stint you probably won't notice a thing, but if you remember SYG a la 06/07 you'll wonder what the hell happened. Plain and simple this is commercial SYG. The fallen is the only song that resembles what SYG used to be. Oh well, I'm sure the trendy kids love it. Too bad SYG will fall off when the scene gets bored, they're earlier stuff was much more promising.


I want a refund...


Formed: San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bringing to mind an amalgamation of bands like Lifetime, CIV, New Found Glory, the Movielife, and early Saves the Day, the Bay Area's Set Your Goals straddle the line between pop-punk and hardcore. They burst onto the scene with a 2005 self-titled EP on Straight on Records. Comprised of vocalists Jordan Brown and Matt Wilson, guitarist Dave Yoha, bassist Joe Saucedo, and drummer Michael Ambrose, the guys later rechristened their eponymous EP Reset for an April 2006 reissue on Eulogy that included...
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