Carter USM are terminally uncool. Let's get that out of the way right now. They were buried by a bunch of cloth-eared journalists chasing Mancunians Forever Indebted To The Beatles, and twits in suits singing spiky nothings about being brave, inbetweeners, and cockney cor-blimey guvnors. Carter's unique selling point - a determined punk rock attitude, spot welded to Pet Shop Boys style electronics, buzzsaw guitars, and lyrics easily superior in pathos and wit to any other band of their era - became a liability when Oasis happened. Every band has it's brief moment, invincible, in the sun - what Neil Tennant calls the 'Imperial Phase'. Carter's ended the moment they came off stage after headlining Glastonbury. At the time when people were lucky for indie groups to make the top 37, there was no higher anyone could go. And then, five years later, having becoming a trio (quite good), and a sixxo (not great), they split after supporting Madness in Guildford. A whimper of an end, really.
Close your eyes, and it's 1991 again. Open your eyes, and it's 1991 again. It's a perfect replication of the bands heyday. The sounds, the sights, the smells. The lightshow is an absolute 100% Storm-und-drag epic recreation of the time. (In fact, the band have recreated the former sound and light crew, as well as studied old VHS tapes of their shows to re-create it perfectly). This is the greatest Carter tribute band in the world , Carter themselves : I've seen a few reformation shows. I make this claim not lightly : no band I have seen on the reformation trail has ever been quite as good as they were at the time. Often VERY close, but never as good.
Their songs still sound, even now, timeless, dated, perfect and invigorating.Read more ›
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