Show Review: Tyler Carter
May 1 @ Chain Reaction (Anaheim, CA)
You can say what you want about Tyler Carter’s past, but the kid has a bright future ahead of him. With a set of four solo tracks and a re-interpreted Woe, Is Me song, it was clear that Carter understands what music moves units and how to deliver said music.
There’s no screaming here – just a smooth dude with a bunch of club-friendly songs (I think? We all know I don’t go to clubs). Whether you have an aversion to his post-hardcore roots or his new radio-friendly sound, it’s hard to deny his talent as a vocalist and entertainer. It didn’t matter that half of his set was new to the crowd – they threw their hands in the air, bounced along and had a blast. It was far from my usual genre choice, but even I couldn’t help but bob my head.
It’s just so catchy. “Bad Girl” and “Love, Sex, Riot” scream Top 40 and make you wonder why Tyler isn’t singing hooks for rappers. The audience was able to connect with his first solo song “Side To Side,” as well as a new piano version of his last song with Woe, is Me, “Fame over Demise.” Girls are going to be such a sucker for “Find Me,” a new slow jam about his relationship with his younger brother. All of it is aimed at what’s popular today, and it succeeds.
It may not be for you, but I bet your little sister and that sorority chick will be singing along to this stuff in no time.