Carpenter The Country Mile E.P.

It’s great when you get a record and you know it’s good. Even if you can’t quite put your finger on what makes it so good, you just know. Carpenter’s The Country Mile E.P. is one of those albums. Sure, there are the similarities to Hot Water Music side-project Unitas, and you might even be able to hear some Avail somewhere in there, but all it comes down to is that this is a really good record. If there’s one pervasive theme throughout it’s a sense of nostalgia. From the refrain of "I won’t sell, I won’t sell, It’s all I’ve got” in "Best Place” to the booming, joyous call of "wake up!” in the song of the same name, it’s all about having a good time and relishing in your surroundings. There’s something special about a band that celebrate their culture and roots, turning away from the cynicism and anger found in most modern rock-based music. Carpenter do that very well. (Independent)