The Goo Goo Dolls
The Sun Comes Out Tonight
Chad Wolf and his Viking Six (just kidding), also known as Carolina Liar are basically Atlantic’s version of the Killers. One catch though… Wolf’s delivery AND songwriting bring Carolina Liar’s music to another level.. You see, you take some 80’s influences, some Brit-rock influences, and some electronic influences and you get the jumpy/sporadic rock that’s becoming more and more existent (but at the same time less and less too- the bands that started it are going away from it but some new bands are popping up.) The difference between Carolina Liar and the Killers (and we can also throw The Bravery in there too), is that Chad Wolf, Carolina Liar frontman, is an exceptional songwriter. He rarely misses on “Coming to Terms” and when he does miss, he doesn’t miss in the chorus. Wolf’s songwriting makes Carolina Liar what it is. He channels his lyrics well through his vocals and on songs like “Beautiful World” and “I’m Not Over” he comes out like gangbusters. On these songs the Killers reference can only be vaguely heard and that’s what makes them special. Carolina Liar is best when it doesn’t sound like they have an influence- and on a lot of the songs they do- but sometimes that reference is just too prevalent. As Wolf and the rest of Carolina Liar continue to grow and change, things will improve more and more with what is already a pretty decent act. Great songs make great bands and Chad Wolf and Carolina Liar get that. “I’m Not Over” is one of the best singles to come out over the past few months and that single should continue to build steam for itself and the band. This album is good bordering great, judging from the skills that Chad Wolf has the next album will be twice as good.