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Paris four-piece Set To Change have released an enthralling video for their brand new single “Still Torn”, evolving in the punk-hardcore mix they had previously showcased on past EP “The Great Nothing”.
The new track “Still Torn” aligns with the familiar topic of finding ourselves, and the construction of self as human beings. How can we leave the tracks set by our parents or guardians? If we want to reconstruct ourselves, do we learn from our mistakes or do we try and learn lessons from someone else’s past? The French outfit, now with a perfected lineup, does a great job at asking themselves these questions in a heavy track with metalcore, ambient and melodic influences, without sacrificing the grungy moments that characterize the essence of the band, a bridge between their latest release and a new EP, due to come out before the end of the year.
On the track, guitarist Jeb Benard shares that they
“wanted the song to have a deeper sound atmosphere than our grungy tone on the EP. Still Torn could fit both within the EP and what we’re working on right now. So it’s definitely the perfect track to release now.”
The track is spectacularly accompanied by a 5-minute long storyline music video, drawing connections between the existential nature of the new song and the cover of previous EP “The Great Nothing”, which was cleverly brought to life in segments of the beautifully directed video. Jeb confirms:
“Steph (bass guitar) and Antoine (vocals) are really into movies and cinematic art in general. So when we talked about making our first music video they really wanted to do something more than just a video where you can see us play and nothing happens,”
The members of Set To Change have been hard at work for the past couple of years, and inspired by bands such as Stick To Your Guns, Beartooth and Counterparts, among others, they have been playing to amazing French crowds, at sold-out shows such as their release party supporting The Amsterdam Red Light District, or as part of the killer lineup that included fellow French bands Landmvrks and Resolve. While in lockdown, the band has showed no sign of slowing down, continuing the writing process for their new EP.
Curiously, a song from their EP was reviewed by Finn McKenty (Punk Rock MBA) & Oshie Biscar (Beartooth, City Lights) in a video that hit 22 thousand views. Oshie praised it by saying
“Riff is sick, something I haven’t necessarily heard before even if that felt that way you always find something to throw in a little something extra. You got me with that crazy little bass lick in the bridge. Overall great job, pretty cool song.”
Stream the band’s new track “Still Torn”, and their EP “The Great Nothing” on Spotify.