For any rock music fan it’s a source of total pleasure to come across a
great young band that not only can rock out and play some great songs, but
look the part and pretty good into the bargain! Carnival Club are a quartet
of late teenage, early twenty-something’s brimming with excitement, energy
and kick out the jams, no holds barred vision. These Manchester based lads –
Kai, George, Eddie and Joe – have absorbed their musical learning showing
maturity way beyond their youthful years. Their songs are made in the north,
will hit you from the north, south, east and west. They will astound the
ears and bless the heart.
Maybe you’d like a Jimi Hendrix ‘Voodoo Chile’ drenched guitar lines and
Sabbath sound wars topped off with a supersonic, cigarettes and whisky blues
howl; a huge stadium blasting riff with an earworm of a chorus straight out
of Valhalla, or a heady LA powertrippin’, staggeringly streetwise smack ’em
down head-rush and head-mash.
Then there’s more. Yes, those troubles, headaches and issues are there for
all to hear – full-on, sonic boom boys boxing snappy, rappy, bratty, spooky
and snarly male angst tinged with a touch of sweetness. The trials of youth
are being presented in a thrillingly stand up and be counted way.
Alternatively – and this is pretty damn alternative in today’s manufactured,
algorithm dominated, processed to an inch of its life offerings that we’re
getting in excess – you get this. It’s a tasting of ‘Prog Rock’ grandeur,
quicksilver American west coast psychedelia 50 years on from ‘The Summer of
Love’, a hint of machine groove Euro techno, stirrings of Goth with plenty
of eye-liner, a Daltrey-esque stutter, bunny rabbits and echo men in long
black coats, the resurrection that wants to be adored, thundering herds of
buffalo and wildebeest coming over the horizon, right through to the last
fading resonance of the drummer’s flailed cymbals and hi-hats ending
The Manchester Evening News indeed got it right when they reviewed one of
their blistering live shows. Carnival Club are “reaching out to grasp the
ghostly hand of Lemmy” and plenty of other rock gods, alive or dead, with
”their musical cues darting in from every rock corner imaginable”.
And that’s for starters.
Welcome to the Carnival Club world. It’s early days in the entering of the
zone pointing towards potential rock and roll greatness with lashings of
style thrown in. The 5 songs on their debut ‘Magdalena’s Cape’ EP is a ‘My
Generation’ statement for rock fans young, and not so young, recorded loud
and clear. Dive in with no fears as, make no mistake, this band and its
music takes no prisoners.
Emerging during and after all the rock and roll death of 2016, here’s
Carnival Club getting set to bring 2017 alive.