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The Ready Set - Tantrum Castle

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The Ready Set - Tantrum Castles
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Release Date: June 27, 2008
In today's scene it's becoming more and more necessary for bands to embrace the DIY or "do it yourself" philosophy. With the way labels are becoming harder and harder to finance with illegal downloading running rampant and cd sales declining dramatically, bands need to learn to make things on their own, for the sake of the music. One of the many bands that has greeted this philosophy is The Ready Set.

The Ready Set are helmed by Jordan Witzigreuter, the composer/songwriter/singer for the band. Already he has taken the do it yourself attitude to the extreme by basically making his music all by himself.

So, attitude, check. Personal philosophy, check. Now lets get down to the songs.

The Ready Set are like an electronically tinged The Rocket Summer, Witzigreuter's voice could be lightly compared to that of Bryce Avary's, as well as his songwriting tendencies. The Ready Set meld electronic beats and synths along with clever and catchy lyrics that are just as catchy as thought provoking; they really have a way of telling a story. The best thing about these lyrics is they don't dwell on negativity - they are almost always very positive and upbeat, which leads to a very feel good album.

Another strength found in this album is the ability to switch tempos almost effortlessly between songs. This way there aren't to many fast songs that just become filler after a while, and there aren't too many dragging slow songs that can really hurt an album's pace. Tantrum Castles shines so bright it's hard to find points where its lacking or shining even brighter. One of the problems with the album is the lack of vocal production. It can come off as a bit poor, which doesn't hurt the album as much as it hinders it from being even greater. On the other hand, Tantrum Castles shines particularly during stripped down points, such as the beginning of the song "Soular Flares" where it's only Witzigreuter and a piano before the electronic beats come in. Those points in the album really show potential for a real band set up, and what the future may lead to be.

Overall, Tantrum Castles is a very strong album indeed with clever songwriting, nice beats, and very good feelings all around. This do it yourself band seems poised to have the backing of a label very soon. If this album is a sign for better things to come, Witzigreuter won't have to do it himself for very much longer.

Recommended if You LikeThe Secret Handshake; The Rocket Summer; A Rocket to the Moon

This review is a user submitted review from GlamourKillsUs. You can see all of GlamourKillsUs's submitted reviews here.
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05:00 PM on 09/24/08
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I didn't even know anyone knew about The Ready Set outside of Fort Wayne until a couple days ago. Weird seing this get reviewed. Anyway, I agree with thinking the vocals sound crappy.
04:33 PM on 10/12/08
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The Ready Set is quickly becoming a known band from little old Ft.Wayne. And the vocals, lyrics, music and recording is ALL done by 18 year old Jordan.
The kid puts on amazing shows as well.
Check out his myspace to see just how well he's done in only 10 months since starting this.
11:52 PM on 11/30/08
and then what happens?
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wow. who are you two?.. haha, i'm shocked to find this on here as well.
07:37 PM on 12/06/08
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This is one of the worst albums I've ever listened, or been forced to listen to in my case, in my life. vocals are horrible, auto-tuned what a surprise, and the music sounds like it was made for a Care Bear video game. In absolutely no way is does this music display any talent.
06:02 AM on 12/17/08
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FYI....the last comment posted about the ready set was actually written by a former back up player for the ready set...funny how that works out! Oh, so bitter, it must really hurt to be kicked out of a band who is becoming more and more sucessful everyday and being recognized by some big dogs in the industry.

You want to hear something bad, you should hear the stuff that the "x-member" who wrote this last comment spews out and calls music....but we are better than that, to even bother putting his name out there for all to see....

KARMA is a bitch.....
04:15 PM on 12/17/08
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I LOOOOOVE the last comment.
Give the "haters" hell.
The Ready Set is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!
And the shows are better than EVER.
Jordan just keeps getting better, and his fan base is nationwide now.
Very promising future for this kid!!!!!!!!
06:23 AM on 12/26/08
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Tantrum Castle is amazing, especially being self-recorded in his basement.
Jordan's new acoustic E.P. on purevolume is pretty amazing as well.
His writing is years beyond his age!!! Great future for this kid!!!!!
When he gets into a recording studio this March, the potential for a break out album is HUGE!

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