Wednesday, August 8, 2012

CD Review: New Indie Rock Albums From I Am Carpenter And Misser

From South Carolina comes the post-punk, indie-rock band I Am Carpenter with a new release entitled “My God Clara” through Bessie Pro Records. The twelve track album has a youthful, energetic appeal beginning with the deep heavy metal bass and drums of the title track. Their edginess comes through on “Mercy” as singer Steven Cathcarts belts out the lyrics. I Am Carpenter extend their sonic attack, pushing over the six minute mark on “You Might Be Right,“ “Girl Names” and “Pity.” Their strengths lie in the hard-hitting, concise, energetic sounds of “Future Black Tongues” and “Fights.”The album closes with the ten-minute epic “Postcards,” which includes a little bit of everything the band has to offer.

I Am Carpenter have a handful of shows around the Columbia, SC area. For more information and a complete list of shows, check out

Indie-rock duo, Misser (Tim Launders and Brad Wiseman) are ready to tour behind their debut LP “Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going To Be A Better Person.” The album was recorded and released earlier this year as the band will begin their tour on September 14 with Diamond Youth and Young Statues.

The post-punk sound of the new album has great energy as displayed in the songs “Time Capsules” and “Bridges.” The duo adds rap/punk-style lyrics to their song “Weightless” to give their music a very edgy, garage-rock sound. Misser complains about television shows and radio songs, yet they contradict themselves by making their most accessible, pop-punk song “I’m Really Starting To Hope The World Ends In 2012.” They show off their aggressive side on “Reconnect,” before giving us the mellow, mainstream sound of “Stay Asleep.” The album closes with the punk, rawness of “The Waits.”

The eight-date mini-tour makes a stop at The Space in Hamden, CT on September 20. For more information, please visit the band’s facebook page (

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