Melbourne trio Calling all Cars’ new release, Raise the People, is the band’s third studio album. Dubbed to be slightly more toned down in comparison to the boys’ past releases – Hold, Hold, Fire peaking at 72nd on the ARIA Albums chart back in 2010 and Dancing with Dead Men that made it all the way up to number 20 on the same elusive chart in 2011.
Raise the People tends to feel and sound similar to that of US pop punk icon Fall Out Boy, and it has the potential to take the Melbourne locals to an all-time high in the charts – and the Australian music industry.
For me, the newest single off the album, ‘Standing in the Ocean’, released in January, is a standout of Raise the People; to see a softer side in lead singer Haydn Ing’s talented vocals creating an indie-pop vibe. There are similar sounds to that of Australia’s own Wolfmother, who they toured alongside with on the Australian stretch of AC/DC’s Black Ice Tour.
The awesome harmonies and backing vocals were possibly one of the best additions throughout this album, and it’s obvious that the boys know the direction they want to head in the future. Another track that is definitely worth a listen if you are keen on the guys’ indie-rock side is ‘Running on the Sun’, which is one of the later additions to this very well-mixed and mastered CD from the boys and their production team.
Release: out now via Dead Man Enterprises
Written by Oliver Friend