THERE is no shortage of attitude and ampage…
when you listen to Carter Daze! I put the band under the microscope as they talk about their stunning E.P., North Korean Democracy, and the sort of things that influenced the songwriting – they recommend some new artists worth a shout.
I was curious how they got together and whether, they feel, the industry is getting too business-minded; they look ahead at hopes and ambitions for the rest of this year – I learn how the band members got into music and what sort of sounds inspired them.
Hi, guys. How are you? How has your week been?
Hey, Sam. We’re good, cheers - but work sucks.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourselves, please?
We’re an Indie-Punk band from Woking who makes dummies and we struggle to hold down a drummer.
Can you talk about North Korean Democracy, your new E.P.? What sort of ideas and emotions influenced the songwriting?
Our much-anticipated, long-awaited debut release consists of five songs that give a glimpse into our lives living in a sh*tty town where you’ve got to make your own s*it happen or you will decay. I suppose this gives our music a bit of a pessimistic view of society, but there’s also the ‘f*ck it, let’s have some fun side to it and the belief that with a little enthusiasm, injustices could be justiced (sic.)’.
Its title is a skew on the Guns N’ Roses album, Chinese Democracy. What would you guys do if you were ever invited to play North Korea?
We would have to accept…then we could become the Dennis Rodman of music.
How did Carter Daze get together? Is there a story behind the band’s name?
It started as something else to do between playing football and smoking weed. Carters Lane was where we used to smoke - or get dazed you could say.
It seems like your music is very natural and homemade. How do songs typically come together for the band?
They’re written on an acoustic guitar in five minutes of inspiration followed by five months of frustration.
Do you think music is too business-minded and numbers-obsessed than it should be?
Definitely. Because, unlike in sport, the best do not always rise to the top because so many other factors are involved - like marketing and selling your music to bank commercials. Even bands around us in the scene have management and s*it like that; Christ knows what it’s like as you go higher up the ladder. ‘Selling out’ is what’s cool now. It’s fuc*ing lame!
What sort of music did you all grow up around? Who do you count as idols?
Chris was into Grime when I met him back when the only people who knew about Grime were those kids who always had one hand down their trackies and a brick in the other. The first album I bought was Sum 41’s All Killer No Filler and the second was Does This Look Infected. So, I guess you could say I was in too deep (editorial drumroll…).
Where are you heading on tour? Where can we catch you?
Erm; next question please….
What do you hope to achieve in 2018?
Find a drummer! Apart from that, make a few more music videos - one is currently loading onto YouTube now!
Have you each got a favourite memory from your time in music – the one that sticks in the mind?
I’ll share mine as I’m the designated Carter Daze interviewee. The best thing about being in a band is that moment when you’re on stage and everything is actually going well! It may only last a second some gigs, but its magic and it’s why we play.
But, my favourite specific memory is walking into a venue to see that the act on before us was a pensioner crooning 1940s' classics to an empty room and then going back to the car where the guys were unloading to explain what I had just witnessed.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Mötley Crüe (however you spell it, and if they’re still around). That matey died on the coke and went from the hospital straight to his dealer: cats envy his amount of lives. Their rider would cover everything…
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Make your own luck.
IN THIS PHOTO: Bad Nerves
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
Weed, weed and more weed.
Finally, and for being good sports; you can each choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Drugstore Beetles – “Light Is Attracted to Objects of Mass!”
Bad Nerves – Dreaming
Static Personality - Au Naturale
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