CARBONAS: Your Moral Superiors: Singles and Rarities: 2 x LP

Jan 30, 2019

The Carbonas self-titled record really deserves at least a notion of neo-classic status. It was their third and last long-player. I listened to it over and over again and never got tired of it. It’s a no brainer for the punk‘n’roll crowd. It also seems to have been the band’s swan song. The only release to come after is a 2008 Euro-Tour-only single which is included here on Your Moral Superiors, a two-LP set reaching back to compile all of the band’s singles in one place along with some scorching outtakes cut from albums or recorded for projects that never came to fruition. There’s a map inside the gatefold explaining where all the tracks fall in the band’s timeline and gives you a little insight into this purveyor of Atlanta punk. Speed, snot, attitude, and overdriven rock’n’roll riffs are prevalent. The album kicks out with the title track from their Blackout 7”. The song is a pedal-to- the-metal punk‘n’roll mover utilizing the classic Chuck Berry riff. The album continues at high speeds, slowing occasionally to the speed of a cover of “Stoned to Death” by Zero Boys. The songs stay solid, laying down destroying rock between those two speeds and taking out a few garbage cans. I’m a fan, so I failed to find a clunker. It’s as cool as being able to pull off sunglasses at night. –Billups Allen (Goner)