Full Service

Carousel

Phases & Stages

Presale customers of Full Service's ninth studio LP received regionally specific tree samplings with this disc. That loving connection to nature reveals itself immediately on Carousel, with opening pair "Honeybee" and "Evergreen" setting love stories amongst the flora and fauna. Downplaying the reggae and metal influences of previous efforts and finding a comfortable zone of smooth, sunny eclectic rock, the local grassroots quartet are liberated to employ cooing harmonies that lead into spring-heeled choruses where singer Hoag Kepner's tender voice can hang on a soulful line such as the Beatles-quality hook of "Huge Gray Blue." With a band like Full Service, fan-loving, tree-planting, community-minded posi-rockers that they are, inspiration remains the end goal, but I'd argue that the best moments on Carousel – the stony melodica creeping into "Two Old Birds," the unexpected shred solo on "Ba Da Ba," and the fluttering, motormouth intro on "Circus Freak" – occur when they get strange.

***

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Full Service
Inside Full Service Circus’ Musical Festival
Inside Full Service Circus’ Musical Festival
Can’t get on the bill at ACL? Start your own backyard fest.

Bryan Rolli, Oct. 14, 2016

Texas Platters
Full Service
Lockers (Record Review)

Bryan Rolli, June 24, 2016

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Reddening West
Deltas (Record Review)

Hannah Wisterman, Dec. 14, 2018

Texas Platters
Aaron Stephens
Focus (Record Review)

Clara Wang, Dec. 14, 2018

More by Kevin Curtin
Playback: Bombs, Beto, and the Biggest Music Stories of 2018
Playback: Bombs, Beto, and the Biggest Music Stories of 2018
“Playback” recaps the news, trends, and controversies of the year. Outrage level: high.

Dec. 14, 2018

Texas Platters
Name Sayers
Mantles (Record Review)

Dec. 14, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Full Service

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle