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Friday, September 2, 2011

Saturday To-Do: Set The Controls

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 11:57 AM

SET THE CONTROLS
9:30 p.m. Revolution. $10.

Tribute bands tend to fall into two camps: those that aim to capture a band's look and those that are more concerned with recreating their source's sound. A scant few manage to do both at once.

Any Pink Floyd tribute act certainly has its work cut out for it, but Ohio's Set The Controls — formerly called Eclipse — has the chops to pull it off. Nobody's going to mistake this six-piece for Dave and Rick and Roger and Nick, but impersonation isn't what they're going for. Every member plays multiple instruments and if online clips are any indication, Set The Controls is doing Pink Floyd as well or better than anybody else out there.

It's telling that the band didn't pick the most obvious reference or song title for its name, instead going for a deep track, a long, brooding number that's one of the post-Syd Barrett Floyd's best. Sure, you could opt to just sit at home with the headphones and beanbag and burn one with that scratchy old "Live at Pompeii" bootleg on the turntable for the umpteenth time, but this seems like a better pick.

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