CARRINGTON

In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with CARRINGTON. Answers from Emmett. Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Honestly, we thought for probably 2 days on a name and then just decided to do the cliche band thing and name it after the street I lived on (Carrington Street). We were more interested in writing and playing the music than the name so no one really cared a great deal!

The competition is killer these days so please tell us why people should listen to your latest EP?
-It’s an exciting time for this genre of music, there are definitely a lot of awesome established and new bands out there. I think for us we are just trying to bring an energy to our sound that others maybe don’t have, kind of just make it exciting and diverse both within each song and across the ep.

Do you notice that there was anticipation for you to release an EP? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await new material?
-I’m not really sure if there was heaps of anticipation, it was kind of our first good crack at something proper so we had only really generated local fans prior to the release. I would say there’s a better chance of genuine anticipation for our next release!

When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound of your own?
-Not even slightly! We all listened to (and still do listen to) all kinds of different music so naturally have different tastes etc. Without going to in-depth on it we’ll listen to stuff from; Muse to Blackbear to Periphery to The Story So Far. We knew at the heart of the idea of being in a band was the fun and atmosphere of a live show, which for us best resonated with pop-punk. Coming up with an original sound is really hard, and definitely something we’ll continue to work on as we mature musically!

Something I have often wondered about, is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement?
-I don’t think we are part of something bigger, we really are just another band. That being said, I know personally the satisfaction I get out of writing, performing and being mates with the guys in the band is enough for me to feel happy. We do it because we enjoy it!

When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as artwork for the cover of your album? What makes a great album cover to you?
-I think art can be anything, and art can be found anywhere. There’s a lot of the same stuff happening now for artwork/album covers, we try as best to steer clear of those and leave it up to the artist. Our mate Lewi did our most recent skull artwork and we loved it. It was hand drawn and definitely has a part of him within it.
Album art can be anything, personally the best ones are always a little odd, such as; Nevermind, Queen II and The Dark Side of the Moon.

I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I don’t think it’s ‘killing’ music, but it has definitely changed the way it’s consumed. I think now music is well and truely a commercial product as far as accessibility, variety and intent. You can play the one song you want to hear, when you want to hear it and stop it at any point. In the past it seemed to be somewhat of a religious experience to put an LP on the player and listen to the album in it’s entirety. I love the thought of putting a record on, it has a sense of occasion about it which to me is really appealing.

Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
-Arena tours have never really been on the forefront of my mind. In Australia we have a small population and a massive land mass, and the spread of population is according. There’s not enough arenas to really even be a thing in Australia (in my opinion).
For bands like ours we are definitely more inclined to play smaller, intimate bars and clubs that facilitate more of the atmosphere we look for.
I think out of all of the negatives to artists that come from streaming platforms, the one massive positive (or negative depending how it’s viewed) is that to make money artists have to tour. It’s creating more opportunity for that experience as a consumer and that is exciting.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We definitely try to make fun the priority at our shows, without compromising the quality of our music. If people leave our show thinking they had fun and the music was good, then I’m stoked!

What would you like to see the future bring?
-For us as a band, we would love to get on the road and see different things, play to different people and see where we can take our music. The industry is unpredictable and we want to make the most of our time writing and playing shows together!

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