Side note: I think it’s pretty awesome that Will Pugh from Cartel is working on this album.
Not many have the work ethic and stamina to make it in the industry the way Will Pugh does! Mike and Will sit down and discuss the process that allows Will to make it in the music world while juggling being in a band, a producer, and song writer in Nashville.
This review was written in 2005 and originally published on AbsolutePunk.net. It has been very minimally edited before being republished.
Ever since this debut full-length was first played in my car stereo on the drive home from The Militia Group’s home office, I’ve had one goal in mind: review this before Rohan does.
Okay, I’m only half kidding.
I’m reviewing this CD for one reason: I believe in this band. I think my faith in Cartel is evidenced through my desire, and utmost excitement, to ‘leak’ the band’s album on this very website. I’d never do such a huge promotion with a band I wasn’t 100% behind. There’s a variety of aspects to the band’s music that touch me in a way few bands are able. I hope to convey these feelings as best I can through the following words; however, there are things that you will only discover through sitting down for a good hour with this album, alone, in your room, and with the volume turned up very loudly. My conviction and sharp pose on this band are apparent from any visitor’s every day visit to this website, and this is exactly the review you expected me to write.