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Growing together: Rock band Set It Off works on new album after move to LA

Cody Carson’s life is hectic at the moment.

The singer is getting all the last-minute items together to head out on tour for nearly two months.

But it’s something he’s done before.

“I’m kind of used to it,” he says in a recent interview. “Actually, I’m kind of antsy and want to get on tour. We’ve been off tour for a couple months.”

Carson is the lead singer of rock outfit Set It Off. The band – which also includes Dan Clermont, Maxx Danziger and Zach DeWall – is touring in support of its most recent album, “Upside Down.”

The album is a departure of sorts for the band. It was recorded in Los Angeles with producers Brandon Paddock, Erik Ron and Mike Green.

Coming up on 10 years in the music industry, Carson says, the band has grown – not only as individuals, but as writers.

“We’ve gotten stronger. We really have – as a whole, as a unit. We feel more together, “Carson says. “When you go through struggle and you make it through, your bond strengthens. That’s what ‘Upside Down’ is about. That’s the theme of this album. Going through struggle, and instead of taking it as defeat or a sign to give up – turning it into a positive and moving forward. We go through a lot every year. We’re in the music industry; that’s gonna happen. So we decided to band together and just push forward.”

Set It Off has also been through some changes since November.

The quartet has changed management companies and is writing new material for the next album.

“It’s a never-ending process,” he says. “We’re starting to lock in the direction of the album. This is the best time to write, when emotions are flying. We started doing this band as a coping tool. It’s a way to get a lot off my chest.”

Another change for the band is its move to Los Angeles from Florida.

“Being thousands of miles away from my family for the first time, it’s difficult,” he says. “I was able to go back home for the holidays, and it was like a reset button for me. Everything that we’ve worked for is for something. We’re still around after nearly 10 years and making music that we love. There’s a lot of hard work in that. And we still enjoy being on stage and helping our fans get through some situations.”

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