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INTERVIEW: Carnival Club

Can you talk to us more about your latest EP / Mini Album “Magdalenas Cape”. Did any event in particular inspired you to write these songs?

House of Cards – was written in a rehearsal room above at a venue in the northern quarter of Manchester! It had just been chucking it down so we brought the heaters in, and in the true rock n roll style eddie crafted his guitar parts topless!

House of cards is a sleazy attempt of a love song, at the time I was saturating myself in the heavier side of rock music. We all agreed that this was our finest piece of work at the time, as we were more open to developing a song rather than a standard verse chorus verse chorus etc.

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How was the recording and writing process?

Writing process- every song would stem from an individual’s idea and would eventually grow into something bigger then we all would have thought. I think due to everyone’s musical differences we wrote something quite extraordinary. As mad as it sounds the link between the instruments is mind blowing, even though it may not make sense but Joe (drums) can imitate and respond with Eddie (guitar), you’d never of thought it. No song ever sounded the same from the first draft! All our music revolves around the idea of creating an atmospheric live experience the way a band like FOALS or RADIOHEAD would.

Recording process- this is where we all agreed that we found our sound, something we were unsure on for a while. We recorded at a small studio called Radium, above Sankeys Night club (where the Smiths recorded their first demos) with a dear friend of Kai called Kev Carrol. Kev had previously worked on dance music and most things electro, so his studio was filled with synths as far back from the 70s. Eddie was lucky enough to play a lot of the EP on a 1969 Les Paul ‘Black Beauty’ custom and used a copy cat tape delay to really get a vintage vibe that crossed so heavily with our modern twist.

We’d be in there for 10 hours or more each day, so we knew the studio like the back of our hands.

What aspect of youth and our generation did you get to explore on this particular mini-album?

We all grew up with rock n roll music so our outlook on this generation wasn’t the most inspiring factor however seeing bands like Wolf Alice bring a heavier sound to the table gave us the confidence to go forward with what we love.

Any plans to hit the road?

We have plans to hit LIVERPOOL, DONCASTER, BRISTOL, LONDON and SCUNTHORPE over the next few months to promote this EP but will be looking further to planning a tour around autumn.

What else is happening next in Carnival Club’s world?

We are writing as much as possible to create a strong back catalogue of music for you all! Hopefully touring and recording is on its way!

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