By Ashley Paskill
Candy Ambulance, an alternative rock grunge band from upstate New York, are set to release their latest 6-track EP, Spray, on February 16, 2018. The band, comprised of Caitlin Barker, Jesse Bolduc, and Jon Cantiello, was formed in 2014 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The group has an impressive performance resume, having performed with acts such as Screaming Females, Speedy Ortiz, Daddy Issues, and Dorothy, and the band is currently on tour in the U.S.
This album boasts excellent bass lines that attempt to steal the show from the vocals and other instruments, which is a rare yet beautiful thing. Overall, the EP is well-mixed. The only song where this doesn’t apply is on “Spray,” the EP’s second single. It feels like the vocals have to compete to be heard over the instruments, and thus comes across as having to try too hard to get the attention of the listeners.
The transition from “Cooks in the Kitchen” to “Inner Child” is seamless, with the same sound effect that ends one song starting the next. This is a rare thing to see happen, especially since these two songs have a completely different feel. That’s one of the beauties of this album- every song, though fitting into the grunge feel, are totally different and have a completely different mix of sounds and styles. Each song has something new to say as well, which keeps listeners alert as they listen. The lyrics of each song are unique and avoid cliches.
“Spray” is a gem for those who love grunge rock and are fans of bands such as Bully, Screaming Females, Hole, Charly Bliss, and The Breeders. Those who are not as familiar or aren’t into grunge rock can appreciate the album as well. Some of the songs are labeled “Explicit,” so watch out for younger listeners who may be within earshot of hearing the album. The album is high-energy throughout and is so much fun to listen to.