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The Cartwheelers Get Gnarly on Killing Horse Records

// Music, Review // June 3, 2017 // Carrie

The Cartwheelers released their first EP, The Cartwheelers, last week on Killing Horse Records. Three songs. Two dudes. One question: Why aren’t you listening to it right now?

Kevin McSorely and Stefan Dias are like the surf-punk version of the White Stripes, but like, if instead of Meg on the drums, they had Animal from the Muppets.  Yeah, that friggin good. These two offer a surprisingly full sound for two people, and with music that’s eminently head-bangable, melodic enough to be danceable, and manic but controllable, I am 100% certain that sweat is flying and bodies are slamming at their live shows.

I’ll admit that I could hardly understand a damn word that emanated from McSorely’s undoubtedly raw vocal chords, but that’s not what it’s about. From the first riff of “Skateboard Psychedelia,” these tracks will sweep you up in a frenetic wave, toss you around, and spit you back out to a deafening silence, the refrain of “Convertible” still ringing in your ears as you say, “Wait, that’s it?”

Yeah, if by “it” you mean a sweet little nugget of pure energy and surf swing, eight minutes of unrelenting musical mania, then yeah, that is “it.”  But I guarantee that’ll be plenty…for now.

The Cartwheelers is available now for your listening pleasure on Bandcamp.


Written by Carrie

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.