The Carbonas are a band that I haven't really written about much as I had purchased the vast majority of their records prior to starting up this site. I don't remember how I heard of the Carbonas originally and I'm not sure if I bought one of their records or the first Gentleman Jesse 7" first, but I kind of came into both bands around the same time and spent a lot of time hunting down weirdo variants of 7"s and LPs. Some of that was a little frustrating for The Carbonas as several of their really early records were perhaps just a bit too punk rock for me. But as time went on their songs got poppier and I became more obsessed with finding everything.
This double LP acts as both a singles compilation and an outlet for a bunch of unreleased songs that never saw the light of day when the band was still together. Like their overall discography, this double LP set can be uneven at times. For every surefire hit like "Blackout (Waiting To Happen)" or "Frothing At The Mouth" you are going to come across a song or two that is more concerned with being a fast and loud blunt object than making sure the hooks and melodies are all in the right place.
That's one of the charming things about the Carbonas. While you know that they could bust out the catchiest song in the world if they wanted to, they also just had a love of trash and fuzz that couldn't be contained. While I think their third full length album that came out on Goner is their best, if you aren't familiar with the band this compilation is actually a really great starting point. You get a lot of songs from several eras of the band and at least seven or eight songs that are just incredible. Even if you have all of their 7"s like I do, there's plenty of new material to keep you entertained.
Carbonas - Your Moral Superiors: Singles And Rarities: