Gig preview: Carnabells at Beacons Festival, Skipton and the 360 Club, Leeds

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“We’re into 50s rock and roll,” says Luke Thompson, singer and rhythm guitarist with Leeds band Carnabells.

“Stuff like Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Eddie Cochran – we take a lot of influence from that.

“We put of a bit of a modern edge on it as well. We like The Libertines and Babyshambles as well. So it’s classic rock and roll with modern day guitar music. A bit of both.”

I ask if the five-piece, who are aged between 18 and 20, took inspiration from their grandparents’ record collections.

“A lot of people say that,” chuckles Thompson, “but it comes from the film Nowhere Boy, about John Lennon. The soundtrack from that film was cool, that’s how we got into it.”

To date, the band who also feature Luke Thompson’s brother Mitch on lead guitar, Jack Mattison on keyboards, Louis Appleyard on bass and Tom Webster on drums, have released an EP called She’s a Rollercoaster and a single, Runaway Train.

They were due to record a new EP, The Ramshackle Rattle, last weekend. It will be launched at the 360 Club, the showcase for unsigned bands, at The Library on Woodhouse Lane in October.

Videos for the songs Station Road, The Puzzle, Paper Shaker and Runaway Train can be seen at their YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/carnabellsuk

The Ramshackle Rattle will be available digitally from October 7; the band also intend to have physical copies pressed up in time for their gig at the 360 Club.

“At the EP launch we will sell the CD as well,” says Thompson. “It will be the first time people can get them.”

Thompson adds the band, who hail from Methley in south Leeds, have an eye on the longer term too.

“We always try and think of the next step with everything,” he says.

“We are trying to improve everything all the time.

“We’ve not got set decisions about how we want to go, but we want to be moving forward.

“We’d like to get a few more gigs around the UK and maybe a support tour.”

Carnabells play on the ELFM stage at Beacons Festival, Skipton on Saturday August 17 and at the 360 Club at The Library, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds on October 4. www.carnabells.com

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