Electronic indie three-piece Motel Carnation may be fresh on the North East music scene, but you’ve probably seen their faces before. The band are actually a fusion of notable members from well-loved North East bands including Casual Threats, Coquin Migale and Scalesia.
Although they currently only have two singles under their belts, Motel Carnation have caught the attention of both BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, which has helped propel the group into the local music scene. Alongside new music, the trio have just announced their first headline show of 2020 at Think Tank? Underground in March. We caught up with Motel Carnation’s drummer Conor to learn more about their plans for the new year.
Can you describe your sound in three words?
Dark, sultry, anthemic.
Who or what has influenced your sound the most?
Before Motel Carnation, we all came from what we’d say were “traditional” guitar bands. When we formed Motel we stepped a lot more into the electronic and experimental side of things. It’s really helped us explore and push the parameters of what we wanted our own sound to be. Conor’s taken a lot of inspiration from bands that use this approach like The 1975, The Japanese House and Glass Animals. Whereas Austin has looked more at music from Banks, Billie Eilish and Grimes.
Alex is currently listening to more alternative takes on traditional genres that are breaking the mainstream like Brockhampton. We think that listening to such a wide variety of traditionally “non-indie” music and yet producing what people would describe as “indie rock” keeps us constantly writing, trying new ideas and pushing our own capabilities.
What is your favourite song to play live at the moment?
With only two songs online right now, we’ve really been enjoying surprising people with unreleased material. We have a new song in the works called ‘Sweet Separation’ which has a lot of the aforementioned “experimental” parts to it. It seems to get a good reaction. There’s a lot of groove in the choruses that the crowd can respond to. It’s always amazing hearing just how in tune with us the crowd are when we play ‘Westside’ live. It’s really proven itself to be a crowd favourite.
What are you most excited for in 2020?
We can’t wait to release new music. There has been a bit of a wait but we’ve been working with some pretty incredible people behind the scenes to pull together our next single, ‘Baby You’re A Nightmare’. It’s been produced by Bramwell Bronte who’s responsible for the masterpiece that is Sam Fender’s ‘Hypersonic Missiles’.