Union Transfer


Tonight Alive & Set It Off

The Fight For Something Tour

Tonight Alive & Set It Off

The Ready Set, SayWeCanFly

Wed, March 9, 2016

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Union Transfer

Philadelphia, PA

$18.00 - $20.00

This event is all ages

Tonight Alive
Tonight Alive
Australian vibrations. Conscious rock.
Set It Off
Set It Off
Since their formation in 2008, Set It Off has already released three EPs, signed to Equal Vision Records, toured non-stop, and shared the stage with the impressive likes of My Chemical Romance, A Day To Remember, Say Anything, Against Me! and We Came As Romans.

And now they're ready for more.

The Tampa, FL-based quintet, comprised of Cody Carson [vocals], Dan Clermont [guitar], Zach DeWall [guitar], Austin Kerr [bass], and Maxx Danziger [drums], will release Cinematics, their debut full-length record on Equal Vision Records, on September 18, 2012. The 12-track album was recorded over the course of four weeks with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount [All Time Low, Cartel, Mayday Parade] at Vintage Song Studios in Alpharetta, GA.

In a recent interview with Alternative Press, Carson explains that the new album features Set It Off's signature sound of orchestra-infused pop with a new sense of heaviness, diversity and intensity in the album, both lyrically and musically. He states, "What's really present on this album…we're very theatrical when we present our story. If it's a darker subject, there is a lot of angst and neurosis that goes into that song…In fact, in one song, Zack and Ken think I sound like the Joker from The Dark Knight. Not that I'm going for that, I just really try to get into character for each song as far as the mood goes. It has that diversity, but it still sounds like Set It Off."

In a separate interview, Carson further expounded on the band's experience in working with Zack and Kenneth recalling, "Our favorite phrase they would use is 'You can beat that.' They allowed us to become better musicians and individual writers…in the vocal booth, they helped drive my darker side out of me when it needed to show. Through bringing it out in the studio every day, it allowed me to bring "him" out on stage too. It's like therapy for me."

For their first full-length ever, Set It Off ambitiously set out to take their signature sound to the next level and pushed themselves further than ever before in every possible way – technically, musically, lyrically and emotionally in the writing and recording process. "Musically I feel like we are the strongest we've ever been. All the touring we've done in the past year has made us night and day tighter for our live performances and working and meeting other musicians on that next level has forced us to push our skills musically in all aspects from playing to writing," explains Clermont.

Danziger notes that, "Once we got in to the swing of things though, it started coming together very naturally…we liked what we did with Horrible Kids and you can definitely hear that sound in this new record." He continues, "But a lot has happened in the past year. We've made new

friends, faced new challenges, had new experiences, and from that we've all grown up a lot. I think the new album reflects how we've changed as people. It has a similar feel to our most recent EP, but is more mature and polished."

In August 2011, the young band made their label debut with the re-release of their third EP Horrible Kids, which garnered widespread praise in the press from the likes of mtvU, Alternative Press, Guitar World, Rock Sound, Outburn Magazine and more, launched them into countless tours around the US, and ultimately prepared them to write and record their first full-length record. Horrible Kids debuted at No. 63 in the 100 Alternative Albums on iTunes, with their music video for "@reply" featured as an iTunes "Hot Music Video" and the music video for "Breathe In, Breathe Out" receiving great accolade on its own, as it was added to rotation on mtvU after winning the station's The Freshmen challenge.

Horrible Kids was recorded at Red Sparrow Studios in Wilson, NC with Brandon "B-Real" Ham and John Harrell and mastered by Paul Leavitt [VersaEmerge, The Dangerous Summer]. The EP blends contagious, driving melodies and hard-hitting choruses with genuine sincerity and a powerful message, creating an emotional concept album referencing the troubles of being bullied growing up and importance of being yourself and embracing who you are no matter what.

The band's new album takes the same energetic and passionate approach, but strays from a specific theme, allowing the band to touch on a broader spectrum of topics. "Lyrically, Horrible Kids was me digging deep into my past. With the new album, you're getting to jump inside my head and think how I think, feel what I feel, and really understand how human we all are." Carson confesses openly. "We are human - we have good times, we have bad times, we think pure thoughts, and we think impure thoughts. As far as how I describe these situations, I want you to feel like you are sitting down for a short film…and if I'm not evoking any sort of emotion from you then I'm not doing my job."

"We are very proud of our last release, Horrible Kids EP, but this album is just on a different level, and we're very, very excited about it," concludes Danziger. "This is a new era of Set It Off, and we're ready for it. "
The Ready Set
The Ready Set
Jordan Witzigreuter was only 20 when it all happened. Nearly overnight, the young Indiana-born musician—who had spent the better part of his teens writing an arsenal of illegally catchy, electro-pop songs—was plucked from near obscurity and thrust into the spotlight. “I started playing shows to a couple people in someone’s basement,” Witzigreuter remembers. “Then, a year and a half later, I was playing radio festivals with Maroon 5 to 10,000 people.”

It’s the ups and downs of life, love and music that inspired the singer’s latest and long-awaited album, The Bad And The Better, out May 20 on Razor & Tie. “To me, my whole life, my whole career—the good and bad—has been about taking things as they come,” waxes The Ready Set centerpiece. “Everything goes up and down like a rollercoaster. You just have to go along with it and not hang on too tight to anything. You have to let life happen and enjoy it.”

Five years have passed since the release of TRS’s debut album, I’m Alive, I’m Dreaming, which hit No. 3 on Billboard’s Heatseakers chart, thanks to the platinum-selling success of the LP’s first single, “Love Like Woe”—and a lot’s happened to Witzigreuter since. Lucky for fans, you can hear the singer’s ongoing evolution—both personally and musically—in each of the 11 songs on The Bad And The Better, produced by Ian Kirkpatrick (Neon Trees, Young The Giant, Breathe Carolina).

“When my first song, (“Love Like Woe”) did really well, people kept telling me, ‘Do that again.’ After a while, it becomes really transparent.,” says Witzigreuter. “A lot of pop albums can be bland if they’re just chasing this one sound throughout. I wanted to make sure my [album] sounded exactly like me.”

From the first guitar strums of the album’s opening song, “Higher,” which also happens to be the lead single, it’s almost impossible not to smile and dance along with Witzigreuter’s signature rapid-fire verses and synth-fueled choruses. “I wanted to make a really uplifting, inspirational song because I wrote it at a time when I was in the opposite mindset. I wrote it to almost convince myself things could get better, so it came out of this anxiety-fueled state. It’s about being able to look beyond the things in front of you that weigh you down and rise above it.”

The Ready Set has always written misfit anthems, and new song “Castaway” is a great theme song for dark horses everywhere. Featuring an appearance from rapper Jake Miller, the lyrics are driven by all the TRS fans who’ve approached him over the years to express how much the band’s music means to them. “I was really inspired by all the things I’ve heard from my fans through their notes and letters,” says Witzigreuter, who admits his fans were the ones to give him faith when he was going through his own dark times. “I wanted it to be one of those songs that lifts up the underdog a little bit and gives people hope.”

Witzigreuter is looking forward headlining this summer’s Warped Tour, which will be a great opportunity to introduce new songs off The Bad And The Better and connect with fans, both loyal listeners and recent converts. After all, the release of the band’s sophomore album marks a new chapter in the life of The Ready Set—and no one’s more excited to turn the page than Witzigreuter himself. “The new music really captures the essence of who the band is right now, which kind of translates into a new beginning for me as an artist."
SayWeCanFly is a one-man acoustic act from a small town in Ontario, Canada. Frontman Braden Barrie has devoted his teenage years to playing shows across Canada and the US, building his following and writing relatable music for his fan base. He shows listeners that no matter what struggles we face, we always have the power to make it through. Braden writes lyrics based around his strong belief that the world is falling away from love and emotional connection and wants to re-establish that bond between people through his art. "At the end of the day, we are all skin & bones with a beating heart, and that in itself should be enough to create a spark of love between everyone sharing this earth" Braden says. SayWeCanFly has been featured in Alternative Press Magazine, PureVolume, BryanStars YouTube Channel, and has also played dates of the Vans Warped Tour. Braden has been touring under the name SayWeCanFly for three years now, playing throughout North America. From humble DIY beginnings to quickly rising above many of those in the industry, SayWeCanFly represents the journey of turning a passion into a career.
Venue Information:
Union Transfer
1026 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA, 19123