On My Playlist: Top 5 Set Your Goals songs

Set Your Goals has always enjoyed a distinct profile among their pop-punk fans with the six-piece’s honest lyrics and energetic songs creating a buzz whenever they play. The band gained popularity in the late 2000s with their album This Will Be The Death of Us and has enjoyed a steady profile ever since. The band took a hiatus in 2013 but returned with vigour in December 2015.
The band currently consists of Jordan Brown – vocals, keyboard, guitar; Matt Wilson – vocals; Mike Ambrose – drums, percussion; Joe Saucedo – bass guitar, backing vocals; Audelio Flores Jr – rhythm guitar, screamed vocals and Daniel Coddaire – lead guitar, backing vocals.
Honourable mentions: ‘Gaia Bleeds’ (Make Way For Man), ‘Unconditional’, ‘The Fallen’, ‘Equals’, ‘London Heathrow’, ‘Look
5. Our Ethos: A Legacy to Pass On
This is one of those tracks that breeds positivity and is one of the reasons why this band is one of my favourites.
Their credo for life is to make the best music they can to make a difference in the world and to create a positive message amid the darkness.
The track begins with a guitar-tapping lead from Coddaire before Flores enters with the crunching distortion guitar.
‘I am never alone, this is a place you call our home.
‘Our ethos, it’s all we know, we can’t let go.
‘The time is now to stand be proud. We all are born of something more. Our ethos don’t let it go.’
The track uses this main lead through the chorus and after the bridge to great effect as the track moves towards a hard-hitting, inspiring ending.
Double vocals from Brown and Wilson give the track a great vibe as they scream their intentions: ‘Follow these footsteps, come into your own. You will never walk alone.’
4. Certain
‘Certain’ starts off with a marching strum beat and a clean lead melody before Brown and Wilson’s vocals take centre stage on this track. It focuses on the need for accountability in relationships and the need to be true to yourself in any situation.
One of my favourite parts is the guitar solo in the bridge which has a superb sense of melody and musicality to it. It fits perfectly with the distorted guitar riffs that follow suit and bring the whole track together before the chorus hits again to round things off.

3. A Few That Remain
This might not be on everyone’s top 5 list but this song, to me, represents the blueprint of this band and gives a fantastic overview of their sound and how little quirks can create a well-rounded number.
The palm-muted guitar intro and main riff are pure bliss to the ear and the overall structure and pattern of the song are also some of the best parts.
The addition of Paramore’s Hayley Williams as a guest vocalist on the track gives it a real special influence and some extra punch.
Wilson and Williams’ dual vocals work really well on this aggressive track as they sing: ‘come on and breakdown, come on and breakdown,’ to end it off.
2. Like You To Me
The opening riff is enough to get you moving from the start of the track as Coddaire once again pulls out a gem of a melody that permeates the track.
‘Like You To Me’ is a candid track that looks at the power of communication and the reasons to find a positive outlook on life, even when times get tough.
‘I want to learn from mistakes, I want it to be okay if I hold on tighter.
‘Don’t be afraid to find a way, communicate your thoughts,’ sings Brown to emphasise the main themes of waiting and hoping for better days to come.
1. This Will Be The Death of Us
The title track of the band’s second album is also one of their best songs in my opinion and encapsulates everything that makes this pop-punk outfit so unique.
‘Terrible lies I had been pulling out my sides.
‘There were so many of me yelling, cursing, fighting, hitting anger to learn why,’ sings Wilson in this introspective track that looks at how the death of dreams, the lack of motivation and distorted vision can affect us.
The song has an extended intro that puts all the instruments together before the vocals come in with a typical fast punk feel to it. Ambrose’s drums form the foundation of the opening verse. The palm-muted riff breakdown at the bridge gives the song something extra and adds to the more hardcore nature of the band’s sound.
Definitely worth a listen.

Wouter Pienaar
Sport Journalist

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