Stellar Kart – All Gas No Brake
Considering Stellar Kart’s members are fairly fresh out of high school, All Gas. No Brake. could just as easily be their driving style as it is the name of their rookie bow. Then again, the title does reflect the band’s style, which is fast-paced pop/punk with a touch of West Coast attitude.
With the average song clocking in at fewer than three minutes, All Gas. No Brake.speeds through charged-up punk songs like “Second Chances” and the suicide-themed “Superstar.”
Lyrically, the self-produced disc shifts effortlessly between humor and seriousness and even dabbles in allegory with songs such as “Gone Fishin,’” about the gospel’s great commission. Overall, the album’s musical pulse remains high energy, only turning down tempo for the worshipful “A Love Song” and the acoustic-driven “Finish Last.” With Stellar Kart’s background as a youth group band in Phoenix, Ariz., the reverent tracks come off naturally with ease and flow.
- Aptly titled ”all gas. no brake,” Stellar Kart’s energetic debut release is a rollicking ride around the musical track. Stylistically drawing comparisons to Green Day, Blink 182, and early Audio Adrenaline (a self-confessed influence), these four lads from Phoenix know how to rev-up the motor with an infectious brand of punk-pop. It’s clear that fuel that drives their engines is one of divine origin as evidenced from the opening chunky power chords of ”Student Driver” to the acoustic-flavored sweet harmony of the closing ”Finish Last.” Jordan Messer (drums) and Tay Sitera (bass) lay down a skin-tight rhythm throughout, allowing the staccato guitar bursts of lead vocalist Adam Agee and Cody Pellerin to ride on top. Another testament to the band’s ability is that ”all gas.no brake.”–their first–ever major label release–was self produced with a quality as high as Christian’s music best. Other highlights include the simple-yet-beautiful worship song ”A Love Song” and the delightful cover of Bon Jovi’s 80’s classic ”Livin’ On A Prayer.” So buckle your seat belts, hop in the ’Kart, and enjoy the ride. You won’t be sorry.
- –Michael Lyttle