THROWBACK: Set Your Goals

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Originally published in issue #13. Buy the issue HERE!

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Article by Sarah Sole

Every day the guys of Set Your Goals go to their L.A. studio to record, they have to step over puddles of bum piss and empty 40 bottles. It always smells like weed, thanks to the Cannabis Club next door.

While the entrance is in an alley, the inside resembles a log cabin.

“You would never know that it’s a studio,” drummer Mike Ambrose says of the studio’s outside appearance.

Though the studio may sound like it’s from a scene in a bad movie, the guys – Matt Wilson and Jordan Brown on vocals, Ambrose on drums, Dan Coddaire on lead, Audelio Flores, Jr. on rhythm and Joe Saucedo on bass – have been diligently working eight months now with producer Mike Green on their second full-length album, due out this summer.

Fans will find that the album – untitled of as yet – will sound similar to the band’s 2006 full-length, Mutiny, since all of the elements used in previous songs are still there. Still, the band, who describe themselves as melodic pop-punk hardcore, says they’ve put more thought into the process this time around.

Bringing something new to the table is Green. Typically known for his work with pop music, Green is big on production effects and melodic harmonies. The dynamic works, though the guys admit they’re pretty bull-headed.

“We’re stubborn at times and unpredictable,” Ambrose says.

Regardless, the guys are breaking new ground creatively, producing and album that uses more rhythms and focusing on the instruments as a cohesive unit rather than separate parts.

“I don’t feel like there are any weak links,” Ambrose says of the tracks.

Despite the album’s cohesive sound, inspiration for lyrics is all across the board, ranging from the death penalty to disappointing heroes.

The band records until mid-March and will embark on a seven-week tour and the end of the month with New Found Glory and Bayside. In May, they travel with All Time Low to Australia and Japan.

Though the guys always seem to have just enough to get by, they look forward to the tours. They’ve been performing live since June 2004 but the gig still doesn’t feel like a job.

“It’s like being on vacation but you still have to do your homework,” Wilson says.