steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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info opinion


Self-titled EP


Genres: indie rock, lo-fi

Oct 25 - 31 2004

Expecting standard twee pop, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Carrier's five-song EP was instead filled with angular, somewhat Sebadoh-esque indie rock.  Despite the funnily drawn bear on the cover, this is distinctly serious underground rock; it has lo-fi tendencies - probably due in part to the band's limited resources - but this only adds to the charm of this micro-produced artifact.

When Carrier is not playing their brand of jerky yet melodic indie rock, they go for acoustic folk-pop.  "Sioux Falls" is the type of quiet, simple folk tune every rock record has at least one of.  Fortunately, the other four songs stick with Carrier's dominant sound, which is much more successful.  "On Fire" and "Flesh" are the EP's two best tracks, as they are the most catchy and interesting pieces of music on here.  The band's sound is somewhat familiar (there's nothing here you haven't heard before), and isn't as instantly catchy as you may desire - the guitars are the music's most infectious element, in fact - but, if given time, their style can make for an appealing, angular rock experience.

Five songs isn't enough to sell Carrier to me, but I can definitely see the promise on this EP.  If the band can vary their sound a bit, eschew the acoustic diversions (or at least improve them), and work on adding more hooks to their songs, they could really have something.  At this point, their potential is the main attraction here.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2004]