Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Car Party blasted enthusiastically through the Sunday afternoon wall of heat at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Middle East Club. One heavy hitter after the next, the band stuck tried and true to their well rehearsed, on-the-beat brand of pop-rock, never letting go of the flow, though never in danger of climaxing emotionally in any one direction or another. Touring in support of their latest four song EP High and Low Places, it is clear this band was born and bred in the veins of early 2000’s Warped Tour having done their homework, studying the text books of groups such as The Early November (who’s Ace Enders is featured on High and Low Places as producer and guest vocals on “Please Me”), Jimmy Eat World and Hot Rod Circuit. Standard and solid mid-tempo rock beats blended with lightly distorted, but still punchy guitars (brought to you by Taylor Hughes, Chris Martin and Jim Luparello), with a final layer of angst via the strong, high-register vocals of Michael Natzke to pull on your heartstrings just a little.
While the beat carried on and the music stayed strong for Car Party, lyrically and emotionally the tone seemed dead set on apathy. Hooks such as “Beg me to stay, done within an hour I don’t have all day. You aim to please me, but darling it ain’t so easy. I don’t want you to know that I want you to go” from the song “Please Me” fall in that awkward middle ground between not knowing whether to be assertive or upset, while other songs like the new single “Dollar Sign” proclaim that “You’re clinging on a dream and your losing time, so save your damn breathe and I won’t waste mine” come off as more complacent, making it clear that Car Party is so over you -or not over you. Either way, Car Party is ready, set, go radio blast to the moon, with the sky as their limit. For those of you young or still young at heart and who are happy to be a little bit sad, Car Party invites you along for the ride!
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