It’s time to Set Your Goals.
Before the weekend of So What?! Music fest, a few bands kicked off the party at The Door, in Dallas Texas. Bands True Colors, Mariner, Summer Wars and Like Pacific warmed up the stage for the early arrivers to the party. The cool thing about The Door in Dallas is not only that the venue is seriously spacious, but it’s attached to Texas Tapas which has bomb food that you can enjoy in between sets and a shorter bar line. (Shout out to those fried pickles.)
In spirit of the fest, all of the bands except headliners Set Your Goals had a set during the weekend, but were stoked to open up for pop-punk legends Set Your Goals, who have been outta the game for a little bit. For only $15, everyone was in for a real treat. California-based Mariner opened up by encouraging crowd involvement, while Summer Wars got the toes tapping to their pop-influenced beats. Playing a show earlier in the day in Austin Texas for SXSW, Like Pacific took to a stage for a second time, and killed it again.
Around 9 o’clock the real party-feel started to take over the venue. Chicago pop-punkers Knuckle Puck took to the stage. Being a fan of the band and coming from Florida, it was insane to see how big their following truly is. These boys also performed at an event for SXSW in Austin, Texas the same day, but you’d have no idea based on their energy levels. Within 45 seconds of the first song, there was crowd surfing and some semblance of a mosh pit. With crowd favorites Disdain and old-school No Good, there was no doubt that the crowd was pumped for Set Your Goals.
With a crowd sprinkled with members of other bands (our friends in Dance Gavin Dance were there), the excitement for the next set was undeniable. Insert Set Your Goals. 10 years after the band’s record Mutiny! was released, it was evident that the band was happy to be back on stage. There was no surprise when a mosh pit was formed during every single song. Friends of New Found Glory, Set Your Goals then brought out guitarist Chad Gilbert to help perform Our Ethos live. Time to party. Along with a cover of When I come Around (please imagine this scene singing along to this song at the top of your lungs… I dare you. ), the band then decided that this party needed some party favors. Now imagine that crowd singing along with hitting beach balls back and fourth while a girl crowd-surfs on a giant swan. Yes. A Giant Swan.
Let me tell you- it was most definitely LIT. Sounds like a party, right? The fun didn’t stop there. Rounding out their hour long set, fan favorites like Goonies Never Say Die got the crowd surfers dancing on stage and, of course, they left their title track, Mutiny! for the last song of the night- where the crowd was met with more party favors- SILLY STRING.