Set It Off Sets Off The Fillmore

Set It Off @ The Fillmore in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 (Photo credit: Jess Beck)

JESS BECK | Go Venue Magazine

What a night.

Y’all…it’s been a hot minute since I’ve covered a show with four bands, and my old knees are now making new noises. But it was all worth it thanks in part to how incredible this show was! Wednesday night on April 3, 2024, Set It Off, Crown the Empire, DeathbyRomy, and Caskets played The Fillmore in downtown Minneapolis like it was the last show any of them would ever play.

First up were the fellas from across the pond, whom I’ve had the pleasure to cover before. Caskets (formerly Captives – little known fact) played a show in Phoenix when I lived down there, and to say that The Fillmore was a venue upgrade would be an understatement. Caskets finally had room to roam, and vocalist Matt Flood was every bit as energetic as you’d expect. While I disagreed with the amount of time they had to play, it was a treat to hear “Glass Heart” again as they closed out their set. Matt knows that song has a special place for me, which is totally why they played it. We’re friends on social media so that practically makes us best friends!

Following Caskets was a group called DeathbyRomy. Defining the genre would be quite the undertaking since they blend in elements from gothic rock, trap music, a little synth and R&B, but somehow they all work! If I’m not mistaken, this makes DeathbyRomy’s second major tour, fresh off the heels from their recent tour with some lowlifes called The Used.

Up next was Crown the Empire. Ironically enough, this was also the second time I had covered these fellas! The first time was in Texas, but they were just as good as they were two years ago when I saw them for the first time. Crown the Empire really knows how to get a crowd fired up, so it was no surprise to see vocalist Andy Leo amped out of his mind as he took the stage. Crown the Empire is arguably one of the last great giants of what was once “Scene-core,” but you have to respect the soul-crushing breakdowns, wonderfully clean vocals, and impactful lyrics. It was also a treat to hear “Blurry (Out of Place)” again. Hands down, that is my favorite Crown the Empire track, and one to which I think a lot of us can relate to.

Finally, Set It Off took the stage! This marked a 3Peat for me with these fellas, and I have to say, each time I see them they only get better. I thought they were great two years ago when they opened up for All American Rejects, but they have somehow found new ways to outdo themselves. They’ve been climbing upwards on XM’s Octane, and there were quite a few excited fans that awaited them near the pit (I could mostly tell from the screaming, haha). Cody Carson seems to be able to reinvent himself with every new release. I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen an image of him where he’s in the same outfit twice. But his wardrobe isn’t the only thing growing…

His vocal abilities are also growing, and I think he’s really coming into a nice range for himself. And now that Set It Off is independent, there’s no telling where they’ll go next! As always, a huge shout-out to the staff at The Fillmore. It’s a lot of work to put something like this together, and without the amazing humans from security to bartenders to the people who clean the bathrooms…it takes a village, and for that I thank you.

Remember to wear deodorant, keep being excellent to each other, and we’ll catch ya at the next show!

Set It Off

Crown the Empire



All images © Jess Beck

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