The Carbonas were formed in Atlanta in 2001 around the nucleus of vocalist Greg King (aka Mussolini DeBergerac) and drummer Dave Rahn (aka Bronson St. Claire), who would be the sole constant members through the group's history. When the band began, King and Rahn were joined by guitarist BJ Womack (aka Bobby Ubangi) and bassist Jeremy Thompson (aka Ian Debonair). Womack didn't last long in the lineup, and he was replaced by guitarist Will Greene (aka Wild Willie Greene). When Greene was offered a job teaching English in Japan and a friend offered the band a good deal on some recording time, the Carbonas cut an album to document their first songs. Scene Killer was released in 2003 by the Carbonas' own Champagne Velvet label. Shortly after Greene left Atlanta, the band recruited guitarist Clay Kilbourne (aka Claydolph Hipster), and this lineup cut a three-song 7" for the Die Slaughterhaus label, "I'm a Stray"/"Don't Let On''/"Push Me," that dropped in 2003.
In 2004, Jeremy Thompson left Atlanta for Chicago, Illinois, and Jesse Smith (aka Gentleman Jesse) took over on bass, making his recording debut on a single for Douchemaster Records, "Frothing at the Mouth" b/w "Sick Satisfaction." By the time the Carbonas released their next single in 2005 for Shattered Records ("Blackout Waiting to Happen," "(Your Love Is) Inside Out," and "Nostalgia Buff"), the group had expanded to a five-piece with the addition of a second guitarist, Josh Martin, and began touring outside the South, hitting the Midwest and the West Coast. The second album from the Carbonas, a self-titled release, was brought out by Raw Deluxe Records in 2006. Unhappy with the confines of working in a studio, Dave Rahn bought an eight-track tape machine and put together a makeshift studio in the Carbonas' practice space, and in 2007, working at their own pace, the Carbonas released a third album, which was issued by the Memphis-based Goner Records imprint. With the group joking that they couldn't agree on a proper title, it was also titled The Carbonas. In 2008, the Carbonas staged a tour of Europe; by this time, Josh Martin had dropped out of the lineup, and Chris Van Etten joined in his place. While the third album had earned positive press in the garage-punk underground, several of the members had launched outside projects of their own. Jesse Smith founded Gentleman Jesse & His Men with Van Etten, Greene, and Kilbourne also working with the group, and Van Etten began recording and performing under the moniker GG King. In 2009, the Carbonas quietly folded, though they staged a reunion show in 2012 as part of the Atlanta Mess-Around Festival. In 2018, Goner Records released Your Moral Superiors: Singles and Rarities, which featured a collection of hard-to-find tracks -- many previously unreleased -- spanning the band's history. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi