Emerging Artists #23 – Carousels
July 29, 2011 by Chris Cummins
You’ve just got to love the internet. It was only on Monday that we first heard about Carousels and we’ve already managed to track them down to answer our usual Emerging Artists questions. In case you missed our original post, the mysterious and largely unheard of duo creates crisp sounding shoegaze with a lingering pop aesthetic, as Nick from the band explains…
Standard first question; how did you all get together, where you all from and why did you decide to make music together?
We met about 8 years ago in Cambridge, but now live together in Guildford where we write and produce Carousels. It was never really a conscious decision to start making music together – more of a natural progression from other projects that we have been involved in.
What’s behind the band’s sound and how did you come to it?
Carousels is based around drones, metronomic krautrock-esque drum loops and layers of feedback, however, we’ve always had a huge interest in pop music and melody so we try to combine the two things. Structure-wise it’s less about verses and choruses and more about creating something that ebbs and flows.
Obviously there’s a huge shoegaze element behind the production, but we’re really not into layering effects and try to steer clear of reverb. Reverb is shit.
What equipment are you using for recording, and is there any particular reason behind the choice?
We use a macbook pro with Logic, various outboard effects for guitars and a couple of cheap microphones. We have a pretty minimalist approach to writing and recording.
Where’s the band’s first show
Our first show is at The Old Blue Last in October for the Binnacle festival, which is a celebration of ambient/experimental and electronic producers. It’s going to be really great.
What bands/artists are you into at the moment?
At the moment I’ve been listening to ‘Love Without Sound’ incessantly, which is by a band called ‘White Noise.’ I think Delia Derbyshire helped record it, and it’s amazing. Other than that, I’ve been listening to the last Grinderman record a lot, and a Dracula audiobook for good measure.
What can people expect when they come to your live shows?
It’s still in really early stages, so it’s hard to say, but we want it to be euphoric and energetic. If we can create a feeling of excitement and dizziness, then that would be perfect.
If you could get one band to reform who would it be?
The Pan I Am
Do you have any confirmed plans for an album yet and if so what can we expect?
We only put our first demo out a week ago, so no album planned just yet…
What’s up next for the band?
A few shows around London, and hopefully a 7″ release in the near future. We would like to self-produce some more videos as well, but we’ll see…