Makeout Party are playing a release show for their new EP, Carried Names, this Friday at The...
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Last year, they thought they were releasing their first full-length quietly, but within a few weeks Makeout Party were piling up acclaim from reviews both online and in print. Lengths and Limits was being praised for its tact and rawness. It was an honest record crafted by a surprisingly young band who shouldn't have such good taste; whose influences are still held in high regards but have never been conjured up so tastefully. Reviewers all but crowned them saviours of a genre recently plagued by fad and frivolity.
So it's understandable how much expectations have grown for a follow-up after having made a name for themselves, and the title of the new EP couldn't be more fitting. Carried Names sees the band honing its skills and perfecting the sound for which it has come to be known, from the caroming rhythms to the swelling guitars. Singer/guitarist Carmen Cirignano describes it as "more of an addendum to the last record than a preview of the next one." If Lengths and Limits felt organic, he likes to think of Carried Names as more genuine. Because, unlike the former studio-borne album, this new EP was conceived over the course of their months-long tours, road-tested before being laid out as a finished work in the studio.
While itís hardly a victory lap as far as the band sees it, they do know how to celebrate their strengths. After all, when youíve got a name to carry, youíve got to hold it high.
Makeout Party is Neil Aitkenhead (bass), Pat Degan (drums), Carmen Cirignano (vocals, guitar), Dustin Isbert (keys, guitar) and Joseph Ryan (guitar, vocals). Carried Names was recorded and engineered by Steve Poponi at The Gradwell House, and independently released in May of 2009. Lengths and Limits was released in May of 2008 by Make Music Collective. Makeout Partyís debut EP, Something to Make You Stay, came out in 2006.