The Carousers’ eponymous EP, released October 6th, starts out hard and never lets up. The trio out of Long Branch, made up of guitarist/singer Joey Affatato, bassist Cassidy Crosby, and drummer Andy Jackle, packs so much energy into these five songs that you won’t need caffeine for days an hour or two, let’s be real.
The Carousers hits you in the face with guitars, accenting harmonies, and wry lyrics about the struggles of love, made all the more vivid by Affatato’s raw delivery. “Another World,” their single released last month, starts out, “Eyes glued to my stupid fucking phone/Waiting for your name but it don’t show,” characteristically mixing self-deprecating humor with heartbreak to convey self-awareness and perspective in the face of romantic frustrations.
Every track is catchy enough to stay with you all day, from the chorus of “She’s the Devil” to the pounding refrain of “I’m not coming back your way” in “Strangers.” “Halloween Night” shows Green Day’s influence on the band’s music, recalling the raucous swing of “Minority.” The “la-las” that slowly fade out close the EP on a high note, leaving the listener hyped and ready for more.
If you’re ready for more, give The Carousers a listen on Bandcamp or SoundCloud and catch them at any of their upcoming shows: October 13th at Monmouth University, October 20th at Asbury Park Brewery, and October 27th at Millhill Basement in Trenton.
Carrie is N.J. Racket's copy editor and contributor of many album and EP reviews. She also has a puppy named Halo and loves Mac N Cheese.