The Active Set DON\'T want to take over the world... yet. Right now they're focusing on a couple of small islands off the coast of Europe. The strategy comes from Wayne Russell (guitar/keys/vox), a Brit and former member of Dollar Hit. After seeing his fellow countrymen successfully invade the US in the recent influx of indie, brit pop, new wave and electro, Wayne decided to reverse the concept and invade his own country, from the outside. Following a successful move to the states, Wayne soon met Matthew Stolarz (lead vox/bass), a founding member of L.A. punk rock outfit The Briggs and lover of all things British. The two formed The Active Set, with a goal of making music that builds on the foundations of indie and post-punk, both old and new, ala Bloc Party, the Replacements, Hot Hot Heat, XTC, The Clash, Interpol and The Cure. When Francis Ramsden (guitar/vox) answered their MySpace ad, it seemed more than coincidence that he join the group. Francis, a citizen of both the UK and the US, was raised on a healthy dose of British music, Monty Python and Christmas Pudding. He too had plans to return to the UK, having grown up mostly in southern California. With the addition of Michael Castro (drums/keys), a Louisiana native with a talent for blending break beats and off-timing into indie rock, the Active Set fully embarked on their mission. With your help The Active Set can really stick it to King George.
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