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A band’s second album can be a pivotal point for any band, and Middlesbrough’s pop punk outfit Set Your Sights are feeling nervous yet undoubtedly excited at the prospect of unleashing their sophomore effort, What I Could Be, this month, as bassist Roy Myers explains: “It’s been five years since we put out our first album and it will be great to have something that really represents how we are now; we’ve put so much of ourselves into it.”

Established in 2012, they have been through a lot of changes over that time, both in terms of musical style and line-up. “We started out under a different name as a hardcore punk band, and over time we’ve evolved into more of a pop punk/rock kind of sound. Previous members, with more of an interest in playing heavier music, left and our sound shifted.”  This is shown in their new record, which the band admit is more “grown-up” than their first release, This Is All We Know. 

Everything they do musically is DIY, and it is clear to see how much effort and care they have put into What I Could Be. “It’s great to actually be able to get at least somewhere close to the sound we have in our heads now!” Roy says, when pressed about their juxtaposition of a vigorous, punky sound with softer, more intense tracks. “I wouldn’t say it’s a deliberate plan to make music in this way.  It’s just what comes to us when we’re writing. Mostly, this is us speaking personally about periods in our lives or moments in relationships we’ve had.” 

It’s great to actually be able to get at least somewhere close to the sound we have in our heads now!

The mellower feel of tracks Your Name and Hold On stand out, while Can You Feel It Too, with its pleasing harmonies, is a catchy number that is sure to stick in your head all day, and Now You Don’t is an anthemic rock track full of angst with a slight touch of Foals about it. “Now You Don’t is very much inspired musically by Biffy Clyro and their ability to shuffle around between different time signatures.” Roy explains. 2005 At Night plays homage to the early 2000s bands that they all grew up listening to. “This is literally just an exercise in how many pop punk clichés we can fit into one song!”

The band’s excitement to begin the next phase of their career really comes out in full force live. Their album release party, on Friday 6th December at Doctor Browns in Middlesbrough, comes with support from good friends Kahuna and Split Sentence. “We always engage with the crowd and try to get them involved as much as possible whether it be singing, clapping or dancing. It’s great for everyone (including us) to feel like the crowd is really part of the show. We put the energy in on the stage, and hopefully, they throw that same level of energy back at us. It’s an awesome feeling when the room is really with you through a set.”

Set Your Sights launch What I Could Be at Doctor Browns, Middlesbrough on Friday 6th December



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