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Pennsylvanian pop punk quartet Carousel Kings have released their most exciting record to date, ‘Charm City’ could well be the album which welcomes this band into the big leagues

‘Charm City’ kicks off with guitarist Will Barovick bursting straight into the fast-paced punchy riffs with which pop punk is so often associated. The balance between classic riffs and drum patterns synonymous with pop punk and David Alexander’s melodic pop vocals creates a distinct sound within such a well-established genre. Their first studio album to be released with Victory Records ‘Charm City’ is a mature, distinct sound which covers all major aspects a pop punk record should.

‘Unconditionally’ is the slow, calm, relationship inspired anthem whilst ‘Fractals’ is the song which will inevitably get any audience jumping at a live show. Carousel Kings manage to blend songs of different paces and styles seamlessly into what is sure to be the benchmark album in their career.

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‘Punch Drunk’ touches on the edgier, heavier side of Carousel Kings range whilst ‘Grey Goose’ is a prime example of a chorus written with a live audience in mind.

It is not hard to imagine a crowd screaming the lyrics back to ‘Here, Now, Forever’ in any sized venue, Carousel Kings are following up the release of ‘Charm City’ with a 43 date US tour which looks to be the start of a very exciting new chapter for this band.

In a year which marks the 10th anniversary for many classic pop punk albums, take Mayday Parade’s ‘A Lesson in Romantics’ for example, ‘Charm City’ may well be the album with which Carousel Kings success is attributed. A partnership with Victory Records is a sure fire way to ensure success for this band and ‘Charm City’ is just the first step in the right direction for Carousel Kings.

Charm City is out now via Victory Records.

Charm CityTrack Listing:
1. Grey Goose
2. Glory Daze
3. Here, Now, Forever
4. Bad Habit
5. Something Isn’t Right
6. Hate Me, Love Me
7. Charm City
8. Dynamite
9. Unconditionally
10. Fractals
11. Punch Drunk
12. Fool’s Gold
13. You Never Will

The bands tour dates are…

March 2 – Secaucus, NJ @ The Blue Room
March 3 – Cambridge, MA @ Out of the Blue
March 4 – Portland, ME @ The Z Club
March 6 – Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk’s Place
March 7 – Detroit, MI @ The Ritz
March 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome
March 10 – Berwyn, IL @ The Wire
March 11 – Milwaukee, WI @ Studio 200
March 12 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Garage
March 13 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
March 14 – Omaha, NE @ Dr Jack’s Drinkery
March 15 – Denver, CO @ Herman’s Hideaway
March 16 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
March 17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue
March 18 – Portland OR @ Ash Street
March 19 – Bakersfield, CA @ Jerry’s Pizza
March 20 – Grover Beach, CA @ Skips BBQ
March 21 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
March 22 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
March 23 – Tucson, TX @ The Rock
March 24 – Big Springs, TX @ Desert Flower Art Bar
March 25 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova
March 26 – McAllen, TX @ Yerberia Cultura
March 27 – Austin, TX @ Grizzly Hall
March 29 – Bedford, IN @ The Company Concourse
March 30 – Newport, KY @ The Thompson House
March 31 – Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
April 1 – Augusta, GA @ The Iron Heights Venue
April 2 – Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
April 3 – Margate, FL @ O’Malleys
April 4 – Jacksonville, FL @ Nighthawks
April 5 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
April 6 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
April 7 – Baltimore, MD @ The Depot
April 8 – Williamsport, PA @ The Ground Floor
April 9 – Patchogue, NY @ 89 North
April 10 – Lansdale, PA @ American Legion
April 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Sunnyvale
April 12 – Westfield, MA @ Slim’s Bar and Grill
April 13 – Lancaster, PA @ LAUNCH Music Conference

Carousel Kings 'Charm City'

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