Monday 29 April 2013

Carousels & Limousines - 17's

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With strong inflections of The Gaslight Anthem and John Cougar Mellencamp, Bath's Carousels & Limousines aren't rewriting the music book, but what they are doing with debut track '17's' is delivering strong, passionate, heartfelt blue-collar rock in a timeless fashion. And for once they are not falling into the trap of trying to pretend that they are from some gritty, industrial working town in the States. They haven't plagrised Springsteen and don't haul out the cliches such as singing about "tops down" and the "prom's last dance".

Refreshingly they take their unashamed influences, and produce a mature grower of a track in '17's'. It has a subtle groove and stays with you, demanding repeated plays. Carousels & Limousines show an informed grasp on dynamics, wherein at the '17's' peak, many would of broken loose and pushed into a hurried, messy break, here they show style and restraint by not over playing; staying within the song's flow. They leave with your curiosity piqued and looking forward to more.

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Catch them live:

May 10 Luxe, London, United Kingdom

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