Artist: The Carbonas
Title: I'm Astray
Label: Die Slaughterhaus Records
Release date: 2003
Release number: DSH-005
Though the band had not fully developed their trademark sound like they would after Jesse Smith and Josh Martin joined the fold, this rare find from 2003 was the first sign that the Carbonas were going to have a successful run as one of Atlanta's best modern punk bands.
"I'm Astray" (mislabeled on the cover art as "I'm A Stray") is neck and neck with "3 Days Away" in the argument over what was the first great Carbonas song. Greg King sings instead of shouts for the first time on this hardcore song that would not have sounded out of place on one of Quadiliacha's releases.
The other a-side, "Don't Let On", sounds more like the songs on the Carbonas' Raw Deluxe LP and the "Frothing At The Mouth" 7", which was the first Douchemaster Records release.
The flipside, "Push Me", owes as much to Clay and Greg's days as metal-loving kids as it does to their love for The Zero Boys and is the only weak link on this release.
On a side note, isn't it kind of cool that the first single by The Carbonas, Black Lips, and Deerhunter were all Die Slaughterhaus releases?
This is the first of several reviews of older releases. I am writing them for the purpose of research for my thesis about the Atlanta punk scene and thought you guys might like a peek at my notes.