Frontman Joe Zimmerman was highly influenced by the lo-fi garage rock craze of the 1990’s and decided to put together a band that would encompass the sounds he had grown up with. The influence is shown and How to Make a Monster is a vintage throwback that feels like a soundtrack to a trip to the beach. Fast-paced and uplifting, yet rough and rock at the same time, The Rebel Set’s sound is reminiscent of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. That being said, one can’t help but crave something a little more unique. The Rebel Set has plenty of good ideas, but the tracks tend to come out as something not uniquely theirs. The album also seems to slip into the same basic song structure with each song. However, How to Make a Monster is fun to listen to and has an enjoyable vintage feel.
FCC: All Clean
Play: 1, 2, 7, 10
RIYL: Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, King Tuff, The Growlers