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New Music: The Carpels

Tess Askew


People often say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. After checking out the video for The Carpel’s latest single Handshakes, you wouldn’t be mistaken for likening these boys to the cast of This is England. Which has me thinking…do these boys have something to say about society? It seems they do, even if it is simply in the bold music they are making. Dig a little further into the story of this band and you find out that Michael, Dylan, Tom, Ewan and Jacob are really very young to be making such elaborate self-aware music, with clear influences from 1980s’ British indie.

The band hail from Birmingham and are signed to One Beat Records, which is part-owned by renowned drummer Jon Brookes from The Charlatans, who noticed the band while they were doing the gig circuits in their local area. This signing has exposed them to the industry with a kick, and the band are getting noticed. The thing is, they deserve to be noticed. Their sound is involved and punchy – a complete blend of indie, dubstep, punk and electronica, if that is even possible. The vocals are screaming and brash, and both the lyrics and melodies are catchy.

When listening to and watching The Carpels, you get a real sense of a young band on the cusp of something really big, with a definite comparison to The Maccabees et al. Their music is produced by Jim Spencer who has worked on The Cribs, Doves and New Order, and they have been getting airplay and support from BBC 6music, Rob Da Bank, Q Magazine, Jim Gellatly and Kerrang Radio.

Their first single Sand was given away in April of this year for free from their Facebook page, and the new single named Handshakes will be released on the 21st of August. A definite one to watch this year, The Carpels are a young band with a whole lot of promise.