Breathe Carolina: David Schmitt, Kyle Even (vocals).
Additional personnel: Mandy M, Alex J. (vocals); Sonny Mazotti (keyboards).
Denver, Colorado, outfit Breathe Carolina are quite possibly the first band to mix screamo, the throat-shredding, hardcore-influenced offshoot of emo, with smooth electronic club beats. Their debut full-length, IT'S CLASSY, NOT CLASSIC, is a largely synthesized album of sleek electronic pop songs filled with catchy dance beats and an incongruous blend of pitch-altered processed vocals and hectoring screamo howls. The combination works surprisingly well, making IT'S CLASSY, NOT CLASSIC a unique new take on modern indie rock without falling into the trap of being just a novelty.