The Set’s recent emergence has been part of a lengthy evolution. The band came into fruition in part because of lead singer/guitarist Case Shannon’s years of traveling, writing, and individual recognition. In the years prior to The Set’s formation, Shannon was an established singer-songer, gaining accolades and exposure thanks to a solo showcase at SXSW in 2008 that lead to subsequent radio play on over 200 college radio stations.
In 2009, while attending college in St. Paul, Shannon met guitarist Mike McCool, who had sewed his oats at the Berklee College of Music, then intentionally forgot everything he had ever learned about music, only to reinvent music entirely. The two formed the band shortly thereafter. In the summer of 2010, still without a permanent bassist, the band recruited Matt Ritterspach, who had previously played in the Los Angeles-based band P.S. Nevermind. Now with drummer Malcolm Browne, the current lineup has been playing notable Twin Cities venues such as the Fine Line Music Café, the Triple Rock Social Club, 400 Bar and the Turf Club.
The Set strives to couple the authenticity of rock music from the days of yesterfar with the vibrant indie pop music of today. On their debut EP, the driving rhythm section on songs like “The Safety” and “Still” anchor and compliment the songs beautifully against Shannon’s gravely vocals and McCool’s swelling hooks.
Case Shannon - Guitar/Vocals
Michael McCool - Lead Guitar
Matt Ritterspach - Bass
Malcolm Browne - Drums