On 14th April 2011 at 17:27 Anonymous 13283 wrote...
This is a very harsh review of Sets. It reads as if you have a personal vendetta against the band! Unconstructive, dismissive and lacking in any actual assessment of the songs themselves or the instrumentation, this sort of irresponsible review is exactly the sort of thing that new and developing bands do not need or deserve. Totally within your rights to dislike the band, but the way this is written it sounds like the bands performance actually offended you in some way.
Arguing that you cannot comment on the songs themselves because you do not know what they were called is absurd. They introduced most of their songs with a title and even a story, so you clearly weren't paying enough attention.
BBC Introducing are beginning to back this band, and it seems to undermine both the BBC and a group of young musicians to write such a snide review. They didn't 'trample' on any atmosphere created, they did what their music demanded and they looked genuine when playing their songs. They have room for improvement (like any new band) and it might have been worth offering some constructive criticism instead of accusing the band of 'constant posturing' and then comparing their songs energy to Tom Williams & The Boat tracks, which seems totally irrelevant. Sets have taken a completely different musical direction to Tom Williams and The Boat, comparing the two made no sense.
As a critic your opinion is obviously valid, but there should be a modicum of responsibility and fairness in assessing a new band in what is an expansive and difficult industry to break in to. Such criticism is unnecessary and ill-considered.