Interview with Carpark

Indie outfit Carpark storm onto the scene with energetic new number ‘The World Ended in 2012’. Taken from their new EP of the same name, the EP and single is to be released on February 18th. Carpark are the relatable, refreshing band with Irish roots that this generation needs. Having only played their first show 6 months ago out of a friend’s garage in Belfast, they have since toured the UK supporting Lauran Hibberd and have become a featured Underground England Soundwave band alongside Yungblud, Beabadoobee, Pale Waves and Nova Twins. Named BBC Introducing Shropshire’s ‘One to Watch’, the group were also named one of Underground England’s ‘Ten Bands to Watch in 2022’.

To anyone new to your music, name 3 words that best describe your sound.

Honest, energetic, nostalgic.

What’s your writing process like? Do you write the music or lyrics first?

It changes with every song. Most of the time, it starts off with a voice note of a melody/riff on someone’s phone, then we bring it to life as a band in a rehearsal studio or someone’s bedroom. Regardless of how the song starts we always finish them collaboratively and then tweak after seeing how it goes down at a live show or how it sounds recorded in the studio.

What’s the best advice you’d give to your younger self?

Be patient and don’t give up. There are so many ups and downs in music and these things take time, effort and energy but it always pays off in the end if you stick at it through the highs and lows.

What’s the music scene like where you are from?

Really different for all three of us!

Hattie: I’m from Camden Town and grew up amongst the rise of The Libertines and Amy
Winehouse and once I finally got to the age where I could sneak into pub gigs, bands like Wolf Alice were playing the local circuit.

Scottie: I grew up in Shrewsbury and at the time there was pretty much no scene. I used to busk and play open mic nights but that was about it. From a young age I used to travel up to Leeds to record my tracks and travel to London where there was a lot more going on.

Loda: There’s a really fun music scene in Belfast! I cut my teeth playing my first few gigs there
and sneaked into plenty of shows underage before I moved to London to start music college

Tell MoggBlog viewers about your latest release! What’s the inspiration behind that?

’The World Ended in 2012’ was actually the very first song we started recording from the EP. It plays upon the 2012 phenomenon and the ancient beliefs that cataclysmic or transformational events would occur at the end of 2012. The song explores the pressures of living in an ever evolving disconnected world where we experience rising feelings of inadequacy while having to deal with feelings of climate grief and uncertainty.

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