A Minor Set Back—straight Minnesota hardcore—was formed in 2011, but solidified in late 2012. And once the guys found their footing, they tore through songwriting, building and recording their first release with producer Dustin Phillips in December of 2012. The fruits of that feverish labor are dropping at THE GARAGE Friday, January 18.
Here’s their interview with THE GARAGE.
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
Trevor Knish: Vocals
Kyle Baron: Drums
Cody Pauly: Guitar
Brandon Wortham: Guitar
Kyle Ludwig: Bass
THE GARAGE: What’s your sound and where does it come from (influences)?
AMSB: As individuals we are all influenced by different genres and artists. We would describe our band as a hardcore/metalcore band. Some of the most influential bands to all of us are: Parkway Drive, The Devil Wears Prada, Motionless in White, August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin, I See Stars, and so many others.
THE GARAGE: You’re releasing some new music on Friday. Tell us about it.
AMSB: We will be releasing a 5 song “demo”. The demo contains four songs that were recorded by us in our practice space and one song, “Adrenaline”, that was produced by Dustin Phillips of All the Right Moves. All of the songs on this demo are very energetic, heavy, and will make you want to move.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance at THE GARAGE?
AMSB: A ton of energy! We are a band that likes to have fun on stage
THE GARAGE: How does your band write songs?
AMSB: It usually starts with Brandon or Cody coming to practice with a new song or riff on guitar. We then arrange the song (decide which parts should go where) as a band. Kyle adds in his drums and after we have a complete instrumental song we write the lyrics. Trevor and Kyle write the majority of the lyrics for our songs and we arrange the lyrics together as a band.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
AMSB: Five dudes jumping around in a basement.
THE GARAGE: What does A Minor Set Back hope to accomplish? What are the band’s dreams?
AMSB: We like to write music that will mean something to someone whether its lyrically or musically. We also hope to write music that makes people want to move and have fun. As cliché as it sounds, our biggest goal for right now would be to play on the Vans Warped Tour.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
AMSB: Definitely Valor Tracks. They put on an amazing live show.
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
AMSB: The new Parkway Drive, Hollywood Undead, Dropckick Murphys, and Thy Art Is Murder albums.
THE GARAGE: What advice would you give a fan who wants to start a band?
AMSB: Work hard, be dedicated, and have fun. Being in a band definitely takes a lot of hard work but it has so far been one of the most fun experiences of our lives. Also practice as much as you possibly can!
See A Minor Set Back at THE GARAGE Friday, January 18 and February 15.
Youtube: A Minor Set Back