Neck of the Woods Presents
The Active Set, Buttercream Gang
406 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA, 94118
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Previously In the Attic, we felt we needed a name that better suited us. Though at this point we don't claim a truly developed sound and style, we are eager to see what music we are capable of making, and that is what our musical efforts will always be about.
The Active Set
Matthew Stolarz was dissatisfied. A Los Angeles native, he had helped form and was playing bass in an punk rock band, but it just wasn't enough. Drawing from a wide range of influences, he had written an abundance of material that needed a proper home. He quit to make this happen, and formed the Active Set. Collaborating in the studio with some of his closest friends, a six-song EP was created, the first release. Through ways and means, English export Wayne Russell found his way to the band and was thoroughly hounded until he came on board to play guitar. How lucky for the Active Set! An ad for a second guitarist was posted everywhere and eventually spotted by guitarist Francis Ramsden, who liked the ad's use of the word "smart." He fit right in, and eventually cut his hair. The band moved forward from there, cracking into a wealth of new material and playing non-stop. The adoption of keys/synths was a natural progression, bringing the sound of the band both into the past and the future. With a healthy nod to '80s post-punk and new wave, the Active Set offer a high-energy dose of indie, intelligent and upbeat. They love quirky, driven melodies with smart hooks. Then they like to change their minds, and change it up. Welcome to Los Angeles, a place for movers and shakers. It's a place to really get things started. If you don't live here yet, you will.
"Los Angeles four-piece, The Active Set, has served up a batch of alt-rock tunes that are as fun as they are smart on their debut 11. Quirky percussion, bouncy bass lines, hooky guitar riffs and pained vocals filtered through a none-too-serious lens leads to equal parts shoegaze indie and beer driven alternative that is tough to categorize, but easy to appreciate." -Enter The Shell