Review Summary: Round they go, where they stop, the league of small heroes know.5 of 6 thought this review was well written
It's been a bumpy road for the pop punk scene over the years. The impostors have been making their massive attempts at polluting the airwaves, desperately trying to rid the conscious of what constitutes kings versus jesters. Meanwhile, the elite have been quietly paying their dues across the country and flourishing in their local areas, clamoring for the chance to rise up and take back what is rightfully theirs. In case you may have been ill advised to over turn a few rocks, I’ll gladly shed light on what you've been either getting wrong or missing. If you're already half way on the same page then this should be an easy concept to seep into your brain but if not then sit back, relax, and let the Carousel Kings show you how it's supposed to go.
Formed on the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania just two short years ago, this rag-tag group has been mighty busy at the hands of hard work. Besides releasing a demo that in a few short weeks hit critical acclaim among their counterparts, they've managed to land coveted tours in the process. A complete disregard for slacking has remained apparent since slowly making their ascent up into the ways of the game. It’s inspiring how dedicated this outfit is to change how things are conducted around their neck of the woods. So while the kings spread their message from coast to coast, I'll take care of business on the other end for all that are looking for something fresh to sink their teeth into.
Speak Frantic is a ten track ariel assault of heavy hitting anthems that render full fledged attention in its heavy punk elements that warm over with the most infectious moments. It's immediately clear within the first minute of Speak Frantic that this isn't your cookie cutter pop tarts prancing around in their sisters jeans who barely even hit power chords correctly. This debut is loaded with an atmosphere of melodic superiority that's littered with feel good jams. The spirits of This Time Next Year’s impressive harmonization, Transit’s back to the roots passion, and Four Year Strong’s ability to mix elements of poppy hardcore all brew perfectly underneath the surface.
It's an nostalgic experience for anyone submersed in this field when half way into "Reach for the Sky" things slow down and shouts of whoas are reminiscent of Blink-182. Stand out tracks such as "Worth My Time (Bonus)" find the band taking a break from their more abrasive approach with a chill acoustic offering that still keeps its up beat vibe. It's a perfect send off to an already impressive effort that has Garman professing about departing to greener pastures. I can positively say this album fits on the top ten most influential pop punk releases of two-thousand and ten. I look forward to seeing what awaits next for Carousel Kings as they climb the ladder up to the big leagues.