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GET TO KNOW: caramel
After spending the last two years gigging around their hometown of Brighton, gathering huge acclaim along the way, emerging outfit caramel have now delivered their eagerly-awaited debut single 'Dreams Of 60s Counterculture'.
Taking their cues from a raw and retro indie-rock aesthetic, 'Dreams Of 60s Counterculture' makes for a wonderfully warm and enticing introduction to their sound. Filled with sweeping hooks, killer grooves, and some wonderfully woozy vocals throughout, this initial effort marks a huge amount of promise for the four-piece.
So with their new single available now, we sat down with them to find out more about their background and what has inspired them most over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
We all started on completely different instruments. If we had started a band before we were ten then the line up would have involved the clarinet, the violin, the cello and the trombone.
What was the first album you remember owning?
‘N Dubz’ - ‘Love.Live.Life’ and ‘The Cheeky Girls’ - ‘Party Time’
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
We did indeed! Two of us were in a band called ‘Grace’ and we sounded far more ‘indie’ than this current project. These were the days before we discovered John McLaughlin and the joys of Atonality.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
hmmmm… ‘People = Shit’ - Slipknot
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
Playing our songs in a live context, to a crowd of people who are playing vibe tennis with us, exchanging emotions and connecting through a celebration of sonics.
And what about the most frustrating part?
Probably our lack of roadies and a transit van… It can be more strenuous than you’d imagine, having to transport equipment about town, especially when you consider that we’re musicians and are not often found frequenting the local gym.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Making and writing in other parts of the world, with different kinds of musicians. Exploring both sonically and geographically!
caramel's debut single 'Dreams Of 60s Counterculture' is available to stream now. Check it out below.