Solitary Set, Pronouns, Collider
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Downhaul combine the cyclical, twinkly guitar melodies of classic Midwestern emo bands like American Football along with the tone of emo-pop like Jimmy Eat World. There’s also something about the relaxed and subtle vocal delivery that alludes to country and old time and those who emulate that style through pop or punk. The overall result is a release that feels partly relaxed and calming, partly raw and stirring and draws from a healthy mixture of different influences to create something unique.
Can you age out of punk? As the generation who were teenagers during the heyday of contemporary punk music approach middle-age, it’s a question we find ourselves asking more and more often. When we stop screaming and start to grow more comfortable with silence, we find a variety of beautiful sounds not often heard in the canon of punk. Solitary Set was born from those questions and those sounds—a culmination of decades spent at punk shows baring our hearts and the moments since spent wondering what else might be out there. Combining the best elements of Midwestern emo, instrumental post-rock, and hardcore from all over the U.S., Solitary Set exists to bare their hearts again.
Expertly blending their own unique flavors of emo and post-hardcore grown from the local scene and beyond, pronouns.
The band is built on guitarist/vocalist Chris Speights, having spent years building as both a solo artist and a member of local bands such as Have Mercy, 96 Olympics, and others. After ahandful of solo EPs over several years, Chris is bringing more of the post-hardcore influences into the mix by building on that foundation--recruiting other prolific local musicians from the scene they built relationships with over the years.
"A welcome change from the current cadre of shoegaze-inspired rock bands - Collider stay smart without being annoyingly intellectual. Their references may be sonically grounded in the early 90s, but they manage to nod to that time while keeping their bearings in the present – you never feel like you already might own this record, or have “heard this song before”. Running through their veil of spiraling guitars is a pummeling rhythm section which makes clear their commitment to energetic and syncopated certainty. Their songs feel dipped in a hazy glow, but nothing vague escapes their lips – a refreshing break from other bands whose inspirations may draw from similar places. They lurch from glacial dirges to fast, thick and blurred frenzies of guitar slush. Ultimately, Collider feel cooler and more human than the rest of the kids at the party, without really trying – they speak directly to you and everyone like you – while everyone else seems like they're working a little too hard."
1940 9th St NW
Washington, DC, 20001