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The Debonzo Brothers take a sharp turn towards straight ahead melodic indie rock on their third release, Carolina Stars, set for release in early 2014. Gone are the past flirtations with banjos, dobros, and finger-picked acoustic guitars. Instead, opting for unvarnished chunking guitar rhythms, and angular, punk influenced chord riffs. Americana ties remain in the fact that the group recorded at Pershing Hill Sound by Raleigh, NC veteran Greg Elkins, of early Whiskeytown recordings. The EP opens with a lone and dirty guitar mantra that stands confidently on its own, inviting the band to quickly join in. Plans for a music video for this track, “Make My Way”, are underway at famed Raleigh venue, Slim’s Downtown Distillery. At nearly eight minutes, the title track “Carolina Stars” harkens comparisons to Television’s “Marquee Moon”. The following two tracks; “More Than This” and “The Way You Look at Me”, carry on hints of Death Cab for Cutie, The Rosebuds, and The Thermals. The final track, “Since I’ve Been Gone”, is fitting as lead singer Keef Debonzo empathetically comments on past musical partnerships and turns toward the future.