Material: With an energetic 30-minute set of originals, the Carry-On Band played a powerful and engaging rock show with vibes giving diverse nods to everything from KISS and Guns n' Roses, to Alannah Myles and Kings of Leon. From straightahead rock to retro power ballads, the group demonstrated excellent musical sensitivity and delivered a balanced sound with fantastic vocal lines and intense growls from frontman Mark Prudeaux.
Musicianship: Show opener, “I’m Ready,” highlighted Jesse Silgero’s talented bass slapping, and the flow between Silgero and Prudeaux was outstanding. “City Lights” unveiled a great guitar drive from Pete Sarenana and Rubin Reza, with phenomenal drum fills from Adam Ponce, who landed a fat drum sound and incredible fills and runs throughout the night (and especially on “City Lights”). Sarenana and Reza added a tight intro on “Queen of Hearts” and captivating dueling guitar solos on “Lovely, Long and Lean.” Prudeaux stood out as a formidable leader with potent vocals.
Performance: With a good audience turnout, the band kept its energy high and listeners were captivated throughout the set. While the banter between songs could use improvement, the level of musicality and the balance of sound from the group was very good. The group worked well together, with “Queen of Hearts” delivering a cool kickdrum and guitar breakdown and fabulous syncopated drum lines. Between soaring vocal melodies, darker transitions and bass licks (in “Lovely, Long and Lean”), and incredible falsetto notes, the Carry-On Band has clearly done the work to get here.
Summary: The group produced a fun, compelling show, while displaying strong songwriting chops and great musicality. Prudeaux’s animated charismatic stage presence, alongside the intensity and control of his vocals, were well supported by the solid band of talented musicians that possessed seemingly boundless energy. With their diverse stylistic ability and sturdy sound, the Carry-On Band is the real deal, delivering a dynamic evening of rock. •
The Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
Players: Mark Prudeaux, vocals; Pete Sarenana, lead guitar; Ruben Reza, second guitar; Jesse Silgero, bass; Adam Ponce, drums