I first saw The Carnabys perform at an Oxjam event in the autumn of 2012. It was only about 4 o’clock in the afternoon but i was struck by the energy of their live performance. Indeed so much so that by the end of the day I’d decided to take a punt and throw on my first show as a promoter, with The Carnabys headlining along with Jungle Doctors and Dorey The Wise at a sold out show in London’s Bush Hall on an electrifying night in London’s Bush Hall in January 2013.
A lot has happened since then. The Carnabys won Hard Rock Rising in 2013, leading to a world tour taking them from Hawaii to Italy and including opening up for Bruce Springsteen in a mammoth show at the Olympic Park that summer. They’ve kept up the pace with regular live shows this year including appearances at the Isle of Wight Festival and tour dates with the legendary Blondie.
At the same time the band have been woking on their debut LP set for release later this year with “The Pocket” being the lead single off the album. The band pack a lot of good time rock and roll into its two and a half minute running time which showcases lead singer Jack Mercer’s soulful vocals to good effect, with James Morgan positively pounding the drums and Ben Gittins providing the guitar licks. Mike Delizo supplies the bass and the band have recently also been joined by Frankie Connolly on guitar.
Review by Gavin Watson | @watsongc