‘New Carnival’ sounds like it could be a groundbreaking new genre, maybe like a rave version of jaunty circus music? Unfortunately (if you were totally ready to get into that) this trio sound like The Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Maccabees and I Was A Cub Scout shoved into a blender. That’s not to say, though, that they have a generic sound. The three-piece band employ a winning combination of shimmering guitars and chilled indie-dance beats, having already made a splash in the blogosphere with “You Can Call Me Thomas” and playing sell-out live sets. According to ‘the Internet’, the trio could be based in one of the following places; Bristol, Surrey, Southampton, or London. Let’s just presume they’re somewhere in the South.
Giving a nod to Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control”, lead singer Max Radford’s soft vocals come to the fore in “Ian Curtis”. It’s an ambient, chilled track that has an anthemic, foot-stomping edge- it wouldn’t feel out of place playing in a little bookshop or a sweaty indie dance club.
Get ready to hear some more infectious tunes from New Carnival in the New Year.
On an unrelated note, I have a resurrected love for Foals after realising that their pre-show warm up routine involves a rather sprightly dance to Hudson Mohawke’s “Cbat”. Check it out…