Hello and welcome to DIY’s introducing feature, Get To Know… getting you a little bit closer to the buzziest new acts that have been catching our eye as of late, and working out what makes them tick.
Having recently released their new - fantastically named - EP ‘Tragic Carpet and The Magical Wasp Gang From Notre Dame’, the four-track EP sees the five-piece leaning into grittier sounds, blending influences from glam-rock and 60s nostalgia to create a hypnotising listen.
An exciting new sonic direction for the group - made up of John McCullagh, Nathan Keeble, Corey Clifton, Conor O’Reilly and Harry Eland - we caught up with them to get to know them a lil’ better.
Describe your music to us in the form of a Tinder bio.
Nathan: How the fourth Godfather film will sound.
John: Somewhere between Steely Dan and total annihilation of the human species.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
N: Playing smoke on the water badly in the music room at school.
J: Listening to Black Sabbath full of angst at school in Melbourne.
Who were some artists that inspired you when you were just starting out (and why)?
N: I'll be honest I listened to like Megadeth and shit like that when I was first learning guitar at aged 12. The first artists what were actually good that inspired me were definitely The Beatles.
J: Gotta be Bob Dylan for me, he's been present since before I can remember.
You’re from Yorkshire! What do you think of the music scene there at the moment?
N: Yorkshire's so vast! Places like Leeds seem to be booming but Sheffield, where I lived for a while seems to be getting left behind in terms of tours etc, mostly due to the council ripping out all the venues and replacing them with flats.
J: There's a couple of great bars in Doncaster my hometown where you can catch some great music (Social & Hall Cross) but the driving factor in us moving to Manchester was because the music scene here is much more omnipotent.
Who would be your dream collaborator?
N: Phil Oakey.
J: Scott Walker.
Musically or otherwise, what are you most looking forward to next year?
N: The end of lockdown, the resurgence of music event, the second summer of love.
J: Yeah definitely gigs coming back, the pubs opening back up would be nice too.
If people could take away one thing from your music, what would it be?
N: Life will kill you.
J: Every song is a different journey, I think people should apply this music to positive and negative life experiences like a plaster.
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