Ah the Carpels. Where to start. Well firstly, if you like the musical stylings of Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem, Late of the Pier, Arctic Monkeys and a whole host of other musical infusions then you’re going to love The Carpels.
The band has cleverly fused a variety of different genres, from punk to indie and dubstep to create a new sound that has taken their hometown of Birmingham by storm and is slowly gaining recognition on the national stage.
The five-piece band earned a record deal last year with Birmingham-based label One Beat Records. Owned by Jon Brookes (drummer for The Charlatans) and his business partner Ian Light, the pair discovered The Carpels at a gig in Birmingham and have since eased them onto bigger stages.
Last month they plated at The Queen of Hoxton (in Shoreditch, London) as part of the ultra-cool club night This Feeling with fellow Birmingham outfit Tantrums. There, they were snapped by Libertines photographer Roger Sargent.
As if this wasn’t enough they’ve already gained airplay on Radio 1 (Rob Da Bank) and BBC 6Music (Mark Radcliffe) and are being bounced around the blogosphere quite nicely as well.
Their new track Handshakes perfectly exemplifies the ear-catching sound that The Carpels are becomming known for and the bright video contrasts the often dark music, check it out: