Tripping With Grace is the first EP recorded by the Raleigh-based Phoebe's Carousel. It is a collection of their earlier material, and an excellent starting place for those interested in sampling the band's unique pop-grunge sound.
"(Comes With The) Territory" is a driving rock anthem about complacency, with a particularly angry sneer directed at organized religion. ("I know I've got it all wrong -- I've read your words as they turned into song. Believe me, that's all they talk about.")
"St. Barabbas" is a catchy bass-heavy track that questions the listener's motivations in their signature double-meaning lyrical style. ("All rise, all fall, and tuck it in the whole way down. Gotta hand it to the rubber savior -- nothing breaks when it comes to ground.")
"Tame Tomorrow" is the closest the band gets to a ballad, with the music shifting from soft to aggressive in sync with the increasingly agitated mood of the narrator. ("I could never understand her policies of broken glass. And despite all the blood, I never understood that there had been a war until the aftermath."
"Pit (Couldn't Quite)" is a musical shift for Phoebe's Carousel, adding in hints of a southern rock groove with a catchy solo winding throughout the track, culminating with raucous fretwork at its dynamic end. ("Girl cries, and she came all this way. Suitcase full of clothes she's never worn.")
"Thin" is a sludgy, bass-driven piece that perfectly encapsulates the band's unique blend of grunge and metal. A parable about the inevitable death of love using vampires as its canvas, this is Phoebe's Carousel in its purest form. ("A lifetime spent chasing shadows. A dozen more spent all alone. Here then, the darkest secret: find a body to call your own.")
Ben Fisher - Vocals/Guitar
Eric Hardee - Lead Guitar
Ben Halliday - Bass
John Cathcart - Drums