Review Summary: Boys, you’ve done it again.
The more you listen to Carrollhood, a side project of one member from three different groups, the more you realize how much contrast there is between each of the band members. Each genres of their choice fluctuate from popular electronica alternative indie, to straightforward rock. While there is this difference, the band has appeared to be doing better than most would assume a group like them would do. But, why? There is some light to shed on the answer in Carrolhood’s newest album, Violence.
Despite being quite short in time length, Violence as a whole says more as an album than can be imagined. The vocalist is a great example. He sounds surprisingly natural and tunes especially well with the rest of the group with appears to be near to none assistance. This is quite impressive considering that only a few voice affects are used. He also has a rather nice sound vocal tone that is perfect for indie rock. It also mixes very well with electronica as well. This is just one ingredient of album.
The rest of Carrollhood is composed of an even better chemistry than in the last album. This is probably because there is more drum lines to work with while the guitar also gets to play alongside with a little more freedom in comparison with the first work. This gives more material and creativity to work with, which normally equals better sounding music. In the time frame between Carrollhood’s debut album and Violence, it seems as if the guitarist and the drummer have grown better work skills and seem to play better with each other naturally. This also helps Carrollhood as a group sound even better.
But what’s truly interesting is how they can mix electronica, rock, alternative, and indie together and still make it sound good. After experimenting in their first album, they seem to have a fixed setup to their music structure, which has served Carrollhood quite well. Take for example, in Two Minutes Hate, the song starts out with some catchy electric-based vocals that reel the listener into the rest of the song, which switches between light, fun alternative genre and upbeat rock throughout the rest of the song. It only has good results.
Just to create a project with members that stem from three very different genres is very gutsy. Each of the members of Carrollhood probably knew this and wanted to see how they could mix a variety of different genres together. The work first started in Afraid, which was a small step of progress. But then, they were still only learning. What really mattered was the six months when the three members of Carrollhood had continued to experiment and began to record and discover something more about the music world. And in this album, Violence, a beautiful side of alt and indie music came out with more meaning and success.