The Carpels Artist Biography

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Name: The Carpels
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Published/Updated: 14 Jul 2010, 18:31


"Incredible". Rob da Bank BBC Radio 1/Bestival Festival
"An attention grabbing introduction" Niall Doherty, Q Magazine
"The Carpels are great!" Jim Gellatly BBC Scotland/Amazing Radio
“... very much like this tune, really interesting attention grabbing vocals" Alex Baker, Kerrang Radio

One of the Midlands most exciting new bands, The Carpels, aim to be at the forefront of modern cutting edge pop with their mix of punk & electronic sounds. Picking up an inspired lead from Talking Heads, LCD Soundsystem, Late of the Pier and The Fall, their sound is a 'sock it to 'em' blend that makes dancefloors take notice then go nuts.

The Carpels were first picked up by Charlatans drummer, Jon Brookes who signed them to his EMI distributed label, One Beat Records, earlier this year. He describes what it is that makes you sit up and notice: "They've got a kind of quirky sound mixed with a dubstep influence coming from the synth and then these amazing baritone melodies, so just based on those three influences alone it's worth checking them out, right?"

The band have recorded with producer, Jim Spencer (New Order, The Cribs, Doves, Shaun Ryder etc) to great effect. The first two releases won superlative laden reactions – including being enthused about on BBC 6Music by Mark Radcliffe - and their first live radio session (BBC Introducing WM).

Niall Doherty (Q Magazine) called debut release ‘Sand’ an “attention grabbing introduction”. Radio 1’s Rob da Bank played it and described them as “incredible”. Second single, ‘Handshakes’, was launched at London’s This Feeling Club where The Carpels were snapped by Libertines photographer Roger Sargent. They were invited back to play in Autumn. Always one of the most sought after slots in the capital to get just once, The Carpels have already been asked to play a third time at This Feeling’s prestigious Tips For 2012 event (in conjunction with The Sun Newspaper) as part of their promotion for new single, ‘Bears’, in January. Music Week will also be running a review of the track in December.
The band’s vitality has magnetised a hive of creativity and The Carpels are in the vanguard of a mighty Midlands music movement starting to come to attention. In the spirit of sharing they are seeking West Midlands based unsigned bands, solo artists or collectives to play at mac (Midland Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham) on 21st January 2012. “The Carpels And Friends” will see them play live alongside 3 other hand chosen new local bands who they want to drag along on this renaissance of the Midland’s music scene.

The Carpels: Michael Darby - Guitar & vocals, Dylan Williams - Lead vocals & synth, Tom Minchin – Guitar, Ewan Wallace – Bass, Jacob McQue – Drums

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