Karrigan from Orlando, Florida consists of Chase Williams, Keith Allen, Ryan Klein, Mike Mercado and Austin O'Laughlin. These five experienced and talented musicians came together to provide a new fresh sound for pop/dance rock. Formed in 2007, the band...
Karrigan from Orlando, Florida consists of Chase Williams, Keith Allen, Ryan Klein, Mike Mercado and Austin O'Laughlin. These five experienced and talented musicians came together to provide a new fresh sound for pop/dance rock. Formed in 2007, the band has already played with prominent artists at the 2007(Ernie Ball) and 2009(Kevin Says) Orlando Van's Warped Tour and many other venues throughout Florida and the Eastern United States. Karrigan recently recorded in January 2008 in Woodstock, NY with producers Michael Birnbaum & Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, The Sleeping, Straylight Run). In 2008, Karrigan spent all summer hand-selling their debut release, "My Conscience Got the Best of Me" EP and sold over 6000 records and had great reviews on absolutepunk.net and throughout the rest of the music world. The band currently has finished recording and plans to release their new summer sampler at the 2009 Van's Warped Tour. They are excited to show the world their fresh new sound as they grow as a band and grow in popularity throughout the United States connecting with their audience through upbeat songs about life, love and partying under the Florida sun. Karrigan's ability to connect with their fans is undeniable and evident on their always active myspace page. This talented new group of musicians will continue to rock audiences throughout the U.S. playing the music they love for their large and expanding fan base. Expect great things from the band in 2009!
* As of 7/17/09, "Summer Shadez" is the #57 single on idobi radio's top 100 singles
* Kevin Says Stage at the 2009 Warped Tour, Orlando, FL
* Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands Winner for Orlando, FL, Warped Tour 07'
* Debut EP produced by Michael Birnbaum & Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, The Sleeping, Straylight Run)
* Accumulating over 44,000 myspace friends to date
* Guest Band on "The Gunz Show" (twice)
* First single, "Summer Shadez" on the Idobi Radio rotation
* Play space in Touch Tunes juke box all over the USA and Canada
* Local Radio airplay in Orlando and South Florida (101.1 real rock, 106.7 XL, 105.9 O-Rock, 103.1 the Buzz)
* Spending 6 weeks on Vans Warped Tour 08 working and selling out of all 6000 records and distibuting over 150,000 fliers
* Florida Music Festival Showcase Artist for 2008 and then recently again in 2009
* Atlantis Music Festival Artist 2007
We have shared the stage with acts such as....
Hey Monday(Columbia/Decaydance) There for Tomorrow(Hopeless) Between the Trees(Universal/Motown) Anarbor(Hopeless) Four Letter Lie(Victory) Driverside Impact(Victory) The Scenic(Victory) School Boy Humor(Vagrant) The Bigger Lights(Doghouse) My American Heart(Warcon) Bedlight for Blue Eyes(Trustkill) The Chariot(Solid State) Endwell(Mediaskare) I Am The Pilot (Broken English) Scenes from a Movie(One Big Spark) Settings Esme
Karrigan - My Conscience Got the Best of Me by absolutepunk.net There are some bands that are born to play commercial-pop tinged punk, and Orlando, Florida’s rock quartet Karrigan fit that bill perfectly. The band’s latest EP, My Conscience Got the Best of Me...
Karrigan - My Conscience Got the Best of Me by absolutepunk.net There are some bands that are born to play commercial-pop tinged punk, and Orlando, Florida’s rock quartet Karrigan fit that bill perfectly. The band’s latest EP, My Conscience Got the Best of Me is a brew of love-soaked vocals reminiscent of Daphne Loves Derby’s Kenny Choi with bushy chord bristles that produce fluffy lathers liken to The Summer Obsession and uplifting grooves that have a Say Anything-vibe in its wind-in-your-hair pick-ups. The album’s content is pure power pop with a romantic-edge that will attract couples, or people who see themselves with someone in mind but they aren‘t quite there yet. Produced by Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, The Sleeping, Straylight Run), My Conscience Got the Best of Me blankets its listeners in mollified tension where anger and frustration gives in to the power of the moon following that desire to fly straight into love’s waiting arms. The album is mushy while maintaining a viable commercial rock-veneer.
The album starts the show with the percolating chord rumbles of “Underage Drinking Party” and the seething vocals of lead vocalist/guitarist Austin O’Laughlin who actually has as much bite as a powderpuff. Being in a fight with O’Laughlin must be like having a pillow fight with bean-bag sized pillows. O’Laughlin’s vocals have an infectious bounce that pings across the rhythmic grooves of bassist Ryan Klein and drummer Keith Allen in “Summer Shadez” revealing thoughts that linger on, “It’s been about three minutes / And I can’t get you out of my thoughts / I knew nothing about a broken heart / It’s you, keeping me off guard / Tell me forever, we go on and on and on and on / Drop down, felt the pulse of your heart / Downtown summer nights and I swear / I was holding the world.” The lyrics are dreamy and the band tries to toughen them up with a pop punk swagger and slick grumbling chords played by guitarist/keyboardist Chase Williams. The band solders softcore with flustering rock vibrations in "Love Triangles Are Fun But the Corners Can Be So Sharp" and shrink-wraps the buoyant keyboards with the rhythmic rolls of “There Was a Fork in the Road So I Took It.” The final two tracks “From Up Here” and “Here’s to the Nights We’d Kill to Get Back” keep a positive vibrancy with bubbling chord lathers and tail-wagging rhythms.
Karrigan are making their debut as a power pop quartet with their EP My Conscience Got the Best of Me. Their melodic lines are laced with unwavering optimism and a powderpuff punch. They have shared the stage with Paramore, Boys Like Girls, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, New Found Glory, All Time Low, and Chiodos, and they are looking forward to playing several dates on the 2008 Vans Warped Tour. Their set will be best enjoyed sitting next to your date, or at least sitting next to the one that you would like to be dating. You will understand why after the show.
Recommended If You Like:
Daphne Loves Derby, The Summer Obsession, Say Anything