Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Quick Hitters:: The Carps - Waves And Shambles

The Carps are a two piece hailing from Scarborough, Ontario (which is, as they say in their bio, "a pretend hood in Toronto"). Jahmal Tonge and Neil White have themselves a very cool new EP, Waves And Shambles. And by "cool" I don't only mean I like how it sounds, which I do, but the CD itself is cool. Being an EP, the entire surface of the disc isn't needed, so they made the outside edge of the disc clear. I also quite like the artwork. Now that isn't a big deal, but I can't remember the last time I opened a CD and thought "Hey, that's cool", so I thought it was worth mentioning.

All righty, I've already exceeded my cool quantity for this post, so I'd better choose another adjective. Might be a challenge for me. Anyway, The Carps play an attractive blend of rock and funk with electronic flourishes and some hip hop sensibility. They seem to alternate between a drums & guitar or drums & bass combination, but there's usually some synths to round out the sound. Tonge also sings with a soulful edge that helps seperate The Carps sound from your average indie two-piece.

Album opener Veronica Belmont is a rowdy combination of drums and synths that I wasn't sold on when I first heard it, but now I'd say its my favorite song on the EP. The drumming is solid, and the synths are really quite addictive. Gretta Idris cranks up the rock with some heavier guitar riffs, but they still bring in the synths on the chorus. Hipster-rap heroes The Cool Kids do guest verse duty on the Redux version (I would've called it the FrankDux version, but that's just me) of Heaven's Gates & Hell's Flames, which is quite a laid back affair compared to the hyper original version which shows up later on. Other than their hipster rep, I know nothing about The Cool Kids, but I enjoy both their verses on this song. I have to say, I enjoy Porgie & Bess (Big Booty Girls) much more than you would expect for a song with the chorus "big booty girls, say hooo". Must be the big guitars.

Waves And Shambles is a quick listen, but there are some really solid songs on here in my opinion, and it shows The Carps have the potential to do some damage on a full-length release. I guess we'll have to wait and see, but check out the EP for now.

Posted at 9:09 AM by naedoo :: 1 comments

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At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Jordan did sayeth:

I agree. Rock!


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