April 15, 2010

Carney: Mr. Green Volume I

Power pop quartet Carney released a rather brilliant 4 track EP called Nothing Without You in 2008. They have kept a busy love schedule since then, got another bass player and had the guts to cover Bohemian Rhapsody (well, the easy bits) and I Want You (She's So Heavy) in a single swoop.

Apparently classic rock is alive and well in Los Angeles and on their new full length Mr. Green Volume I they channel The Babys (Love Me Chase Me, Mr. Green), and add some vaudeville and jazz (Amelie) into the mix. The Carney brothers are in the front line, handling the vocals and guitars. Singer Reeve has no trouble reaching the upper registers and Zane shares his knowledge of wall-to-wall Seventies rock. It all runs smoothly thanks to new bass player Aiden Moore, who is more into enhancing the melody than his predecessor, and Jon Epcar, a graduate of the John Bonham and Dave Grohl school for hard hitting drums.

They revisit two tracks of their EP - Nothing Without You and Testify. The latter has grown into a monster that walks all over the place for nearly eight minutes. It is as close as they are going to get to emulate Led Zeppelin, with tons of echo on the vocals and repetitive guitar vignets.

Reeve Carney: lead vocals & guitar
Zane Carney: lead guitar
Aiden Moore: bass
Jon Epcar: drums

Carney: Mr. Green Volume I

Mr. Green Volume I is released on Interscope Records. Release date: May 11.

  1. Love Me Chase Me
  2. Tomorrow's Another Day
  3. Mr. Green
  4. Amelie
  5. There She Goes
  6. Nothing Without You
  7. Think Of You
  8. Testify
Live dates:
  • 05/31 Maxwells - Hoboken, NJ
  • 06/01 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
  • 06/02 Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub - Boston, MA
  • 06/03 Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
  • 06/05 The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY
  • 06/06 Jammin Java Music Club & Cafe - Vienna, VA
  • 06/07 Lee's Palace - Toronto, ON
  • 06/09 Double Door - Chicago, IL
  • 06/10 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
  • 06/12 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
  • 06/14 Crocodile Cafe - Seattle, WA
  • 06/15 Venue - Vancouver, BC
  • 06/16 Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
  • 06/22 The Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
  • 06/24 The Cambridge Room @ House Of Blues - Dallas, TX
  • 06/25 Stubbs Jr BBW - Austin, TX
  • 06/26 Walter's On Washington - Houston, TX
  • 06/28 WorkPlay Theatre - Birmingham, AL
  • 06/29 Vinyl - Atlanta, GA

» carneyband.com
» myspace.com/carneytheband

HCTF review of Nothing Without You.

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