So who on earth are The Carousels? Hailing from the distillery town of Keith in north-east Scotland, best known as the home of Chivas Regal whisky, the band have existed in various shapes and forms since 2010.
The Carousels formed out of necessity; to carry on in the fine tradition of bands from their area. They come from a place where the likes of The Byrds, Gram Parsons and Gene Clark are still as important to people as they always were and this shines through in their music. Indeed, the great art of the melody, the soaring harmony and the chiming jangle of the twelve-string have been passed down, taught and copied like some kind of ancient musical recipe. It's true, The Carousels exist in many ways like a collective, with band members old and new dropping in and out whenever suits. Once a Carousel, always a Carousel, if you will.
The band's debut LP 'Sweet Northern Light' follows on from last year's well-received 'Call Along The Coast' EP and was written and recorded in their hometown and mastered by Mike Denton of The Lucid Dream. It also falls on the back of a host of successful high-profile gigs, not least a sell out show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of 2012's International Pop Overthrow Festival. Furthermore, a feature on that performance appeared in the local Liverpool press, where they received a nod of approval from Barry Sutton of The La's, one of their all time favourite bands.
The Carousels will be touring 'Sweet Northern Light' at a number of gigs in the coming months and have recently announced that they will be performing in London in March.
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