Monday, 10 January 2011

Bands of 2011 : Carnivores


There are some bands who's big hooks and catchy draw you in, there are some bands that have awesome riffs you cant help but bang your head to and there are some bands that just have awesome grooves, some bands have all these things, one of these bands is Carnivores. Last year they released 3of my favourite singles of the year supported bands like And So I Watch You From Afar and Fighting With Wire and even found the time to head down to London to play a show. Lets see what their singer Kenny has to say for himself.

1.Hey, how's it going? Happy new year!

Hey man, happy new year! From what I can remember, it was a good one!

2.Any resolutions?

As a band, we collectively decided to play about a million more gigs this year as 2010 was a bit of a cop out!

3.How was 2010 for Carnivores?

2010 was generally great, we really moved on a bit as a band. We got a whole bunch of radio play, released some singles and played with some of our favourite bands! Awesome. On the other hand, we got sloppy and didn't gig as much of we should have. A cardinal sin! But, yeah, was a better than average year, our crowds got approximately 27% bigger, but we're still not giving Bon Jovi the shakes just yet.

4.Any high points? (Guess you guys did play on stairs and at the top of a tower!)

Yeah playing 300ft up at the Glasgow Science centre was pretty high. Any time I pass it, I can't believe we played up there! When we played Bar Bloc in Glasgow for our split single launch, it was ace, we played really well and had a great time. We also went down to London for the first time and it was stupidly busy. We were dead worried cause it was our first London show and we thought we'd be playing to an empty room, but it was so busy and there were folk singing along. There were a bunch of guys who drove down from Dundee to see us in Glasgow one night. I felt a bit guilty because the next day we announced we were playing Dundee in the new year.

5.After 3 great singles last year, how are you following them up?

Thanks, glad you enjoyed the singles! We're going to be releasing a mini-album in March/April which will include remixed/remastered versions of the singles alongside 3 or 4 brand new songs. It's going to be called 'Nights of Infinity'. We're still working out the best way of releasing it cause we're still an unsigned band with no budget but we've a few ideas. Saying that, if anyone wants to give us a few grand, it wouldn't go a miss!

6.What's the big plans for this year

Our main plan for 2011 is to try and do a tonne more gigging and get to places we've not been before. We've already got a few shows booked for the north of Scotland in late-January but we're looking to get in touch with more promoters round the country. We'll hopefully get the record out in the Spring and have a headline tour booked for then. We're going to try and play a few festivals this year too. That's a big ambition for us, we want to entertain as many people as possible.

Other than that, we're just going to be working away at raising the profile of our band, writing new material and having fun playing live, cause we love it.

7.Who else should we be keeping an eye on this year?

If I was you I'd keep an eye on signs of an impending apocalypse. All these dead birds and fish turning up must mean something untoward brewing. I've been doing my research just in case. Usually by watching Ghostbusters and Armageddon 3 or 4 times in a row.

Musically, i'd say Citizens, Fatherson, Kitty the Lion, Pacific Theatre, Dave Hughes, Lightguides and Penguins Kill Polar Bears are all worth a punt on making some wonderful music this year.

There's a really great bunch of bands all over Scotland making really interesting music at the moment. Which is great. Scottish music has been a bit stagnant for a few years, so it's awesome to see some vitality for a change. Although I can guarantee that the only bands to get signed will be, for the most part, safe, predictable and boring as fuck.

8.Who would win in a fight between you and Pacific Theatre?

Ha ha, that's tough! Well, lets weigh up the options; our drummer is a martial arts expert and our bassist keeps a shinty stick in his car. On the PT side, Murphy's dad is a former Police officer so I think he'll have a few tricks up his sleeve. I don't think we'd ever fight each other, it would be far more productive if we teamed up to fight crime.

9.What would be an idea gig for you guys?

We love strange gigs – strange venues etc, so maybe us playing in a shopping centre or in a hospital, something wild like that would always interest us. I think we're the sort of band who just love entertaining people. Our music is a bit serious so live, we like to have a laugh, jump about and crack open the beers. As far as playing with other bands go, we'd love to support Foo Fighters, Weezer, The Hold Steady or The Dillinger Escape Plan. That would be ace, mainly to get to see bands we love every night!

10.Parting Thoughts?

That St Mirren would be MENTAL to let Hugh Murray go out on loan. Ermm, yeah...stay cool, stay frosty and watch True Lies on a regular basis.

Kenny x 
Thanks Kenny, if you want to check out Carnivores be sure to head to their myspace or head down and see them on Wednesday night at tuts, have a look at the Penguins Kill Polar Bears Interview from Saturday!

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