Sunday, 8 February 2015

THE CARNATIONS - DEMO REVIEW

The Carnations - Demos 
The Carnations - Demos

London based lads The Carnations have been good enough to send me some of their early demos ahead of the recording of their debut single in March. There's a bit of a buzz building about the band on the streets of Camden town so I reckon it might be worth giving these demos a listen. The first of the three tracks is 'Way Out On My Own' and instantly you're transported to a dark go-go bar full of girls in tassled bikinis and knee high boots sitting on the laps of guys with huge moustaches and even bigger cowboy hats. The surf style guitars and melodic vocal harmonies all mix together to create the kind of hip shakingly addictive fun that caused a whole generation to invent the notion of free love.

On 'This Is Reality' the psychedelic vibes are turned up a notch as latter day Beatles and early Joplin are channelled via a 90s Britpop tune with Mersey-beat influences. Intrigued? You should be. The final of these demo tracks is 'We're All In Love' which, aside from a killer bass line, retains the Lennon influence but takes in more recent US touch points as well, such as Beck, the Lemonheads, the Dandy Warhols and Redd Kross. The buzz is certainly justified and, what's more, these guys know how to write an addictive pop tune with hooks all over the place which sets them apart from most of the bands trawling the streets of Camden at the moment. Big, big tips for 2015 I reckon.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/thecarnations

Live Dates:

13th February - Charlie Wrights, Hoxton
21st February -Dublin Castle, Camden
23rd February - The Workshop, Old Street
6th March - Aces & Eights, Tufnell Park
12th March - Blues Kitchen, Camden

28th March - The Finsbury, Finsbury Park

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