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Legends concert preview: The Summer Set

| Thursday, September 10, 2015

SummerSet_Banner_WebJanice Chung | The Observer

Say hello to the perfect concert to help you say goodbye to summer.  The Summer Set is coming to Legends of Notre Dame and promises to bring to mind heartbreaks and house parties galore.

The group’s music ranges from carefree to surprisingly tongue-in-cheek — but all consistently energetic; check out some of their less-appropriate songs like “The Boys You Do (Get Back at You).” Brian Logan Dales, the lead vocalist, has just the right amounts of edginess and power in his voice to lend the band’s carefree, happy sound some depth.

Described as everything from “alternative rock” to “emo pop” to “pop rock,” The Summer Set will appeal to any college student: Who hasn’t had a summer fling, an unrequited love or a hangover? Who hasn’t been up past 3 a.m. worrying about ridiculous things for zero reasons?

The band sings about all that and more, combining catchy lyrics with strong guitar and drums to produce music that fits any mood besides despondency. You want relatable pieces about heartbreak, anger, excitement or nervousness? You got it.

At this concert, you’ll be dancing no matter what — whether it’s to yearning slow bridges of songs like “Chelsea,” in which Dales sings, “But no, I won’t give that call / You’ve got so much to give / I’ve got nothing at all,” or to the energetic, bass-driven “Lightning in a Bottle,” whose chorus boasts, “We don’t need gravity here in the afterglow / Yeah, we’re rolling with the thunder / Now take a breath, we’re going under.”

It’s okay to be a little jealous of their musical genius — these people were performing and producing music when they were still in high school. Although The Summer Set started as a relatively small band with their first EP released in 2007, the group is growing steadily more popular.

Originally from Arizona, The Summer Set has now been all over. They’ve opened Alternative Press’s AP Tour, toured with bands like Never Shout Never, All Time Low and Yellowcard, and played at the Vans Warped Tour, among other music festivals.

Their most recent album, “Legendary,” came out in 2014. Be on the lookout for some of their older songs at the show, particularly anything from “Love Like This,” one of their catchiest albums.

Judging from Legend’s propensity for bringing to campus artists who are on the edge of blowing up, it’s obvious that The Summer Set is only going to get bigger from here. That means that now is the ideal time (and maybe your only chance) to see them in a small, intimate venue like Legends. Essentially, if you’re looking for some bouncy, feel-good music and a great show, this is it.

The Summer Set performs at Legends at 10 p.m. this Friday. Admission is free to Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students with their school I.D.

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