What He Doesn't Know Won't Hurt Him
Karmella's Game bills themselves as 'a keyboard-centric, high energy, five-piece rock group from Baltimore, MD'. Yet this description hardly does this up-and-coming quintet justice. Having sprung from the Charm City suburbs in 2002, and mixing four-piece harmonies, fast Moog chording and punk rock energy, Karmella's Game has quickly grabbed the attention of even the most jaded scenester. They now release their first EP, the first release on Baltimore's Speedbump Recordings. On 'What He Doesn't Know Won't Hurt Him', the music leaps out of the speakers. At the first beats of 'Coming Going Leaving', the listener's feet are already set a-tapping. Singer/keyboardist KTO propels each of the five songs along, hitting beautiful melodies with bassist/singer Mandy and guitarist/singer Steve. Drummer/singer Joe bangs out the beats like a young Charlie Watts. The songwriting is young and energetic without being contrived or gimmicky; instead, it holds up to the cream of power pop. The music is fast yet controlled, poppy and original. The result reminds one of Debbie Gibson fronting the Rentals, while Lifetime plays in the background. Karmella's Game have shared the stage with such bands as Bowling For Soup, Fall Out Boy, Rainer Maria, Mae, Nerf Herder, Denali, Elliott, Ultimate Fakebook, Feable Weiner, The Gadjits, The Reunion Show, The Stereo, River City High, Lucky Boys Confusion, Spitalfield, Reuben's Accomplice, Peelander-Z, and REO Speedwagon.