These are a few Web pages are created in memory of "Carbondale" rock band (USA).
25 November 2003 "Carbondale" band released an album "Cause 7
And played at the festival in Barbados...
Soon after the rock band ceased to exist.
Acoustic guitar, drums, background vocal: Jared Scharff.
Computer: Dorian Crozier.
Background vocal: Lee Nadel.
Background vocal: Art Hays.
Album "Cause 7 Ate 9"
Record Label: Little Pond Records.
Distributor: Big Daddy Music Distribution (Innovative Tile Stone, Inc).
Audio Mixers: Claudius Mittendorfer, Jack Joseph Puig, Tom Lord-Alge, Brian Malouf.
1. A Place In The Sun
4. The Radio Song
5. The Enemy
8. Now You Tell Me
9. Soap and Water
10. My Wasted Life
11. The One
Musical critic Hal Horowitz wrote about the album "Cause 7 Ate 9":
«...As this debut's humorous title indicates, Carbondale applies a lighter, often self-deprecating touch to their music. Specializing in smirking, crunchy pop/rock similar to Weezer and Fountains of Wayne, this NYC-based quintet spins instantly hummable choruses around singer/songwriter Leroy's (no last name is indicated) sly vocals. Originally recorded for RCA, the band was dropped before the album was released. They kept ownership of the tapes though, and released them on this indie label. That results in a crisp, professionally recorded disc that, with the right promotion, could find a substantial audience similar to that of its more popular contemporaries. The sweeping arena rock of "Halos" and Matthew Sweet-styled crackling pop of "Radio Song" are indicative of the band's talents that shape concise hooks around a two-guitar attack and rocks like early Cheap Trick. Based on this disc, Leroy is a genuine talent, with his subtle, grinning vocals and a sure sense of how to construct memorable pop songs that don't pander to least-common denominator tricks. Although it's mostly his show, the band exhibits admirable restraint by never overplaying and supporting the songs' surging melodies. Even a mid-tempo ballad like "Fallen" with its wry lyrics ("I've already fallen for it, you don't have to trip me, not unless you... want to") doesn't succumb to filler tendencies. "The Lotto" begins with the sound of an old blues record played on scratchy vinyl for a few seconds, until its harmonica chorus kicks in. With songs mostly about love ‒ more specifically lost love ‒ Leroy expresses clichéd concepts in fresh ways. He's created a minor gem of a debut that deserves major label attention...»
Musical critic John Metzger wrote about Carbondale (2003):
«...The members of Carbondale very well may spend the rest of their lives asking the question: What if? Everything seemed to be moving along in the proper direction for the band, which appeared as well-suited as any ensemble to become rock ’n‘ roll’s "next big thing." The group had built a reputation and loyal following within New York City’s underground music scene, which resulted in a contract with RCA Records. Its debut ’Cause 7 Ate 9 was originally scheduled for release this past March, but after a change in management at its label, Carbondale suddenly found itself without a home. Forced to buy back the rights to its own music, the group now is proceeding on its own, but without the big money and promotional support a major label can provide, the road suddenly has become a far more difficult one to traverse. For certain, Carbondale’s success has never been guaranteed, but its power pop brand of alternative rock is the type of thing the industry is good at pushing to the top of the charts. Indeed, there’s nothing truly unique about Carbondale’s sound. Its charming melodies are made buoyant by loud, crunchy guitars, and its lyrics touch upon the usual subjects of life and love. Neither a stunningly great band nor a horrifically bad one, Carbondale falls somewhere right smack in the middle, being somewhat of a guilty pleasure whose inoffensive songs could easily be mistaken for those of Matchbox Twenty, Fastball, Train, Phantom Planet, or Counting Crows. Even within that realm, the songs on ’Cause 7 Ate 9 stumble more than they succeed, although tracks like the soaring anthem A Place in the Sun, the folk-flair of Surrounded, and the head-bobbing grooves of The Lotto and The Enemy demonstrate that Carbondale has enough talent to craft the type of infectious hit singles that are typically devoured by the modern rock radio audience. Therefore, the biggest obstacle standing in the group’s path to success is that without a major label backing the songs, the Clear Channel conglomerate that controls virtually every media market undoubtedly won’t even consider adding them to its rotation, begging the question: What if?..»
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Arlene Grocery 9/19/03
LeRoy in the Digi-Zone
Spring Break Lime Festival in Barbados
Street Team In Action!
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