RAD COMPANY: Carnivals: CD

Despite a pretty lousy name, this is one of those bands I really wanna like more than I do. The music is spot on and catchy post-Hüsker punk; fast and hook-laden in all the right ways. The problem, though, is the gruff vocals, which sound fine when things lean more towards the hardcore, but sound woefully out of place and way too forced and atonal for the remaining bulk of the songs here. A little more attention to sonic dynamics from the singer and this would’ve been much, much better.

 –jimmy ([email protected])