INTERVIEW: Carnivals

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Shadows”?
C- Shadows was written end of last year, there was a lot going on aside from the band that really works up in your mind, I think it’s a common thing with most people. You turn a relatively mild situation into this whirlwind in your mind by assuming and thinking negatively about how to break down and deal with what life throws at you.

I built up the words around the theme of Paranoia and Overthinking. The verses reflect the process of the mind with a hectic pace whilst the chorus provide the welcome comfort and soft melodies to bring you back down.

Did any particular event inspire the song?
Not really a specific time, but there’s been times walking home from places in the dark which have tripped me out and there’s time where you lie awake assessing everything that’s goes on. So no one time but a build up of things.

To sum up, stop over thinking things that your mind piles on, when did any of that panicking get you anywhere? Enjoy yourself and let things run its course, don’t let negative thoughts bring you down.

Any plans to release a video along with the single?
We have a video on the horizon, this will be our first time playing up to the camera which should be interesting… Cal is pretty good with all things media so hes got some cool ideas for it. We haven’t got a release date but we start filming in May

How was the recording and writing process?
Unlike previous efforts we decide to take a trip to Liverpool and record at Parr street studios, they have such an amazing history of work along with some recent outgoings such as Blossoms and The Coral. It was a great experience working there with all of the equipment and staff, we learnt a lot from these people.

The recording was spread over two days for the single and b side “Caterpiller” with some spare time for checking out the local karaoke bars and of course the Cavern.

The writing was done relatively quick, we had a specific sound in mind for both. Joe will work on making the guitar riffs and show us so we can take it away add our ideas/parts and words to complete the songs.

What role do the wytches and the doors play in your music The Doors?
To us had a great sound, amazing musicians. There’s a certain eerie ness to their sound, like you’re in a Circus nightmare or something.

Jim’s poetic words, Ray’s haunting keys and grooving bassline notes, Densmores Jazz style drumming and Robby Krieger’s twist of Spanish style guitar riffs makes us weak at the knees, we wanna harness what they had going on and bring it into the modern age.

As for The Wytches interpreted Psychedelia in a different way to the others, a heavier way which appealed to us. Although you cant hear the Wytches as much as the doors its still in there in our music.

The Growlers/Allah Las bands like this currently coming out of California have been our most recent impact to how we want to progress.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?
Na, no album just yet! We’re more interested in releaseing singles and Ep’s at the moment. Hopefully have another single out before years end!

Any plans to hit the road?
Yeah we will have some more shows dotted around the country throughout the year, and hopefully some festival appearances too!

What else is happening next in ‘Carnivals’ world?
We are currently collecting mannequins, if you know anyone in the South East of London who can hook us up, then pass on the message

Aside from this we are working hard to build on what we’ve got going on, try get as much air time as we can and experiment with different sounds/instruments to keep this thing fresh.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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