Burning at Both Ends

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Burning at Both Ends
Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends.jpg
Studio album by Set Your Goals
Released June 28, 2011
Recorded January 2011
Genre Melodic hardcore, pop punk[1]
Length 53:33
Label Epitaph
Producer Brian McTernan, Mike Green
Set Your Goals chronology
This Will Be the Death of Us
(2009)
Burning at Both Ends
(2011)

Burning at Both Ends is the third studio album by American pop punk band Set Your Goals.

Recording[edit]

On January 31, 2011, the group posted that they had finished recording.[2]

Release[edit]

In February and March 2011, the band supported Parkway Drive on their headlining tour of the US.[3] On March 14, "Start the Reactor" was made available for streaming, and it was revealed that the group's new album, titled Burning at Both Ends, would be released in the summer.[4] Following this, the group went a North American tour with August Burns Red in March and April.[5] On May 4, Burning at Both Ends was announced for released in June, revealing the album's track listing, and "Exit Summer" was made available for streaming.[6] On May 22, "Certain" was made available for streaming.[7] In May, the band went on a tour of the UK, and performed at Slam Dunk Festival.[8] On June 8, a music video was premiered for "Certain" through Alternative Press.[9] The video was filmed in May in Santa Monica, California.[10] Burning at Both Ends was made available for streaming on June 21,[11] before being released on June 28 through Epitaph Records. "Calaveras" was included as a digital download bonus track.[6]

In late September and early October, the band toured Australia as part of the Soundwave Counter-Revolution festival.[12] On October 5, a music video was premiered for "Certain" through Alternative Press.[13] In October and November, the band supported New Found Glory on their Pop Punk's Not Dead tour in the US.[14] In December, the band went on a brief holiday tour with support from the Story So Far, This Time Next Year and the Sheds.[15] before supporting Four Year Strong on their brief holiday tour dubbed It's a Wonderful Gig Life.[16] Following appearances at the SXSW and South by So What?! festivals, the group embarked on a headlining tour of the US. They were mainly supported by Cartel and Mixtapes, while Hit the Lights and Fireworks appeared on select shows.[17] In May, the group went on a UK tour alongside Make Do and Mend, Spycatcher, Hildamay and Evarose.[18] The group performed five shows in June as part of the Zumiez Couch Tour.[19]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 56%[20]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Dead Press! 8/10 stars[21]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[22]
Punknews.org 3/5 stars[23]
Rock Sound 8/10[24]

Burning at Both Ends received mixed reviews from critics. Rock Sound expressed "They’re back in irresistibly anthemic form, with just the right blend of punk attitude and pop genius. With ‘Burning At Both Ends’, the Bay Area sextet have further underlined their second-to-none pop-punk pedigree". Gregory Heaney of AllMusic said "While the album is a solid specimen of melodic hardcore/pop-punk, the one major misstep comes by way of “Product of the 80’s,” which feels more like forced nostalgia than a leisurely stroll down memory lane, cramming the pop culture of the '80s down the listener's throat without even a hint of subtlety" and continued "All blunders aside, Burning at Both Ends is an album that has a lot to offer for Set Your Goals devotees, and might even make converts out of the uninitiated".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Cure for Apathy" 2:22
2. "Start the Reactor" 2:42
3. "Certain" 3:02
4. "Happy New Year" 3:16
5. "London Heathrow" 2:59
6. "Trenches" 3:03
7. "The Last American Virgin" 3:07
8. "Exit Summer" 2:25
9. "Unconditional" 3:26
10. "Product of the 80's" 2:42
11. "Raphael" 3:12
12. "Illuminated Youth" (featuring Andrew Neufeld of Comeback Kid) 2:48
13. "Not as Bad" (at 18:05 a hidden track begins) 18:53
Total length: 53:33

Personnel[edit]

Set Your Goals[edit]

  • Jordan Brown – lead vocals, piano, keyboard, synth
  • Matt Wilson – lead vocals, programming
  • Michael Ambrose – drums, percussion
  • Joe Saucedo – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Audelio Flores, Jr. – rhythm guitars, backing vocals
  • Daniel Coddaire – lead guitar, programming

Recording and production staff[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[26] 165
US Billboard Independent Albums 27
US Billboard Rock Albums 43

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Common, Tyler (January 31, 2011). "Set Your Goals complete recording of new album". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on February 9, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  3. ^ Fowler, Aaron (December 1, 2010). "Parkway Drive announce headlining US tour for 2011". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on April 4, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  4. ^ Common, Tyler (March 14, 2011). "Set Your Goals release new song "Start The Reactor"". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on March 8, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  5. ^ Heisel, Scott (February 17, 2011). "August Burns Red book U.S./Canada tour with Set Your Goals". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
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  8. ^ Rock Sound (March 2, 2011). "Set Your Goals Announce Headline Dates!". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  9. ^ Heisel, Scott (June 8, 2011). "Premiere: Set Your Goals' "Certain"". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  10. ^ Bird, Michele (May 2, 2011). "Set Your Goals to shoot new music video, looking for extras". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on March 8, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Stream Set Your Goals' new album "Burning At Both Ends"". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. June 21, 2011. Archived from the original on March 8, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ Mann, Tom (August 26, 2011). "Soundwave Counter-Revolution mini-festival lineups". FasterLouder. Junkee Media. Archived from the original on September 17, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  13. ^ Heisel, Scott (October 5, 2011). "Premiere: Set Your Goals' "The Last American Virgin"". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on May 18, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  14. ^ Bird, Michele (August 15, 2011). "The Wonder Years, Set Your Goals join New Found Glory fall tour". Alternative Press. Archived from the original on November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ Yancey, Bryne (November 23, 2011). "Set Your Goals announce holiday shows with the Story So Far, This Time Next Year, the Sheds". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on April 4, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  16. ^ Common, Tyler (November 9, 2011). "Four Year Strong announce holiday shows with Set Your Goals, Balance And Composure, and more". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  17. ^ Yancey, Bryne (January 30, 2012). "Set Your Goals announce tour with Cartel, Hit The Lights, Fireworks and Mixtapes". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on August 23, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  18. ^ Rock Sound (January 16, 2012). "Set Your Goals And Make Do And Mend Announce UK Tour". Rock Sound. Freeway Press Inc. Archived from the original on December 16, 2017. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  19. ^ Yancey, Bryne (April 13, 2012). "The Wonder Years, the Cab, We Came As Romans announced for Zumiez Couch Tour". Alternative Press. Alternative Press Magazine, Inc. Archived from the original on May 9, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  20. ^ Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends Absolutepunk.net
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  22. ^ Rausch, Will (July 13, 2011). "Set Your Goals: Burning at Both Ends". PopMatters. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
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  25. ^ "Burning At Both Ends/バーニング・アット・ボス・エンズ". Sony Music Online Japan. Archived from the original on 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  26. ^ "Set Your Goals Burning at Both Ends - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2011.