"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
The Carpels: On the cusp of something new...
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 indie, punk & electronic sounds. Picking up an inspired lead from bands such as Talking Heads, Late of the Pier, The Maccabees 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 three 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 were then asked to play a third time at This Feeling's prestigious Tips For 2012 event (in conjunction with The Sun Newspaper) for third single, 'Bears', in January 2012.
Music Week also ran a review of the track written by NME photographer and Libertines film producer, Roger Sargent in their "Tastemaker/Tomorrow's Headline Acts" section where he described them to have "very infectious songs, bags of charisma and on a par with the great indie bands". 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 sought out other West Midlands based unsigned bands, solo artists or collectives to play at their own succesful curated night at mac (Midland Arts Centre), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham in January which was also streamed live on the internet to fans worldwide. After the success of the night the band were asked to curate their own one day outdoor festival in the grounds of the same venue in Cannon Hill Park on 22nd July 2012 called "ONE BEAT SUNDAY"
The band launched their own website and with it the release of a short film which includes 3 brand new songs recorded live in the studio. - THE NEON SESSIONS
The Carpels featured in Amy Sumner's NME's "Rise of Birmingham" article about the city's burgeoning music scene.
The Carpels: Michael Darby - Guitar & vocals, Dylan Williams - Lead vocals & synth, Tom Minchin -- Guitar, Adam Pyzer -- Bass, Jacob McQue -- Drums
Management/One Beat Records
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