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It’s always encouraging to see garage-rock acts who recognise that the secret to greatness in the genre is to not take it too seriously. Carnage Bargain is the debut studio record from L.A.’s The Paranoyds, who rip through ten cuts of joyous, rambunctious and faintly camp new-wave inspired punk. 

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Carnage Bargain by The Paranoyds
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8/10 Will 10 September 2019

'Carnage Bargain' is an exuberant and arty take on classic garage rock. Dissonant chord changes, snotty vocals, and the constant air of gentle parody bely the solid songwriting 'chops' displayed on each of the ten songs that make up the Paranoyd's debut record.

'Face First' opens like anything off Pixies' 'Doolittle', all ringing, chiming discordance. I can hear Pixies everywhere on this album from the jarring guitar lines to the consciously meat and potatoes bass and drums. I'm also really reminded of the b-52s' sardonic vocals and monster new wave grooves. The scuzzy sound is still definitely the Paranoyd's own, however. 

The hammond organ gives some of the track a deliciously proto-punk flavour. I love the motorik feel of 'Hungry Sam' and especially those industrial-sounding guitar string slaps. The Beach Boys-y intro to 'Courtney' is a lovely moment as well as the demented ska rhythms in the verses. 

This is a heavy, aggressive album masquerading as a lighthearted, slightly foolish one which is an amazing thing. I can't wait to hear something more fully-formed from this group. 




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