Los Angeles punk quartet The Paranoyds channel revelry and revulsion into their debut
album Carnage Bargain-a raucous blend of garage rock grit, new wave swagger,
horror film soundtrack campiness, and a myriad of other influences.
The Paranoyds' beginnings can be traced back to a friendship forged between Staz
Lindes and Laila Hashemi in their teens. With the additions of Lexi Funston and David
Ruiz, the band found the personnel for their sonic balance of jubilant energy and
foreboding undercurrents. Carnage Bargain captures this chemistry through
guitar-and-keyboard, genre-mashing weirdness on "Laundry," the fever-dream kitsch
of B-52s on "Ratboy," krautrock's motorik groove on "Hungry Sam", and Blondie on
the sweet-and-salty highlight "Courtney."
Title track "Carnage Bargain" is a perfect example of the band delivering scathing
lyrical observations under the guise of a quirky pop hook. The notion of rejecting the
status quo and creating your own destiny is evident on the lead single "Girlfriend
Degree," which the band calls an ode to "being a badass woman who's taking time to
make sure she's doing things for herself." The band may be paranoid, but they offer a
solution to our modern ills through the act of being an inspiring, independent, and