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SOMETHING ABOUT HER
:: The Carletons ::
28 January 2008 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
By Emily Slowlie

The Carletons are a typical my-first-band. They're massively influenced by bands that were themselves unsigned only a couple of years ago (Pigeon Detectives, The View, The Enemy). So what we have are a third or fourth generation indie band that have yet to find their way. It’s all bluster and deliberately northern accents stuffed together with an overactive lead guitar and buzzsaw distortions. “Something About Her” is pretty decent but it just needs whipping up into something a little more ambitious, although they’ve very skilfully kept it all to around three minutes. “His Exaggerations” I do like. This is a more gutsy three chord New Wave pop outing with a bucketful of willing ideas. “Get It Your Way” seems badly mixed and mastered but it’s another upfront guitar melee with spat-out vocals which work rather brilliantly – sort of like a mad teenage hardcore version of the Buzzcocks and John Otway. A really promising start from the band, who may not of realised that they’re just a couple of spelling corrections away from The Charlatans...who knows they may even be just as successful..

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