The Young & Passionate Days of Carpedia - EP
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||Let's Fall In Love||The Carps||4:20||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||All the Thugs I Know||The Carps||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Tumultuous Adventures of JJ Iscariot and the Insatiable Booty Fantastic||The Carps||2:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Compton to Scarboro||The Carps||3:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||All the Damn Kids||The Carps||3:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
For just being a two-man band, the Carps sure have a big sound. With Neil A. White manning the fuzzed-out bass and synthesizers and Jahmal Tonge on vocals and drums, the duo play driving, rhythmic rock that borrows equally from R&B, hip-hop, and punk. All of this is on display on their debut EP, the five-track The Young and Passionate Days of Carpedia, Vol. 2.1 (which contains the equally verbose song "The Tumultuous Adventures of JJ Iscariot and the Insatiable Booty Fantastic"), which — although the basslines can began to be repetitive and Tonge's voice can sometimes sound a little too nasally — is an energetic, dark, driving look into the realms of urban dance-rock. Sounding like an angrier, more soulful Kenna, the Carps pound their way through their songs, stopping only to give brief introductions ("This next song goes out to Condoleeza Rice and Jean Chrétien," Tonge announces before "Let's Fall in Love" launches into its tightly wound fury, while "All the Damn Kids" is dedicated to their native Toronto, and is also one of the best tracks on the EP, with a catchy synth line and lots of punch) before breathlessly moving on to the next one. It's fun, dark, intense music that doesn't exist much out of the time that created it, but it's that same ephemeral quality that adds a level of excitement and fragility to the Carps' swagger, and makes The Young and Passionate Days a great look and part of early 21st century urban-hipster youth.
Despite only being a two man line-up The Carps are able to keep things interesting, very interesting on this debut EP. Frantic drum beats and angst-laced bass lines combine to make an altogether, suprisingly dancy sound. While drummer/singers have never held a warm place in my heart The Carps pull it off in style with plenty left over to go around. I don't know what they put (or perhaps don't put) in their water up there in Canadia but I want some. Above all, their sense of humor needs just as much respect as their music, I'll see you all at their show in February of 2010.
Found by accident
And boy am I glad I did. Quite a nice group of tunes for an EP. I love finding music like this.
i loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee the carpss. theyre so damn good. they need to come out wit a legit album asap.
Formed: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years Active: '00s
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