Live Review from Underground 112:
– Becky Wong
Carseat were up next, and even before they started, I was impressed with a choice they made – their singer had their own microphone. Very clever, and shows a level of forethought that one doesn’t often see. They were definitely the most local band of the night – not just because they sing in Cantonese, but also in terms of their sound – the mid-tempo rockers, with lots of holding high-notes, medium distortion, a high degree of tunefulness and a fanatical adherence to the verse-chorus-solo-verse-chorus structure (you won’t find any surprising composition here). But, that’s exactly what pop-rock is meant to be, and also what Carseat claim to play, so I have no problem with this. Their singer departs from the standard model of Canto-rock bands by actually singing with attitude and not overusing the high notes; his tone and delivery change from song to song without hamming, and most singers here don’t do that. I must also commend the lead guitarist on his solo-ing style, because there were some great, colourful moments in the solos that sounded like something Eddie Van Halen, or Zakk Wylde might do (particularly on 故事 and the broody 十年). It’s been done before, yes, but when it’s done well that kind of guitar-playing sounds brilliant, and this man definitely did it well.
They’re a solid pop-rock band, embodied by 十年, but with a little more metal than that usually implies, like the speed metal-infused 夢盡. They also can be unexpectedly pop-punky; in fact 理關得佢死 and 故事 could’ve been almost done by local punks Senseless. However, their songs do blend into each other, and they need to work on that aspect of their composition, and I do think some songs of theirs just go on too long. Still, theirs was a fun set, to watch and listen to, and their set had serious energy.
— Shashwati Kala