CARRIER (from l-r): Thomas “Totti” Bromley (drums/vocals), Olly Lyle (bass), Marvon “Jay” Jordaan (guitar), Kris Adams (vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
If you are a fan of Counterparts, August Burns Red and Stick To Your Guns, then you will want to check out Carrier.
Having only formed last year, the Plymouth four-piece have spent that time honing a combination of hard-hitting riffs, sweet melodies and honest lyrics that convey a raw sense of emotion.
We’re just a couple of weeks into 2018, but already, the band are hitting the ground running, having just released their first single, and next month, they will be bringing out a debut EP, ‘Wither’, and in their home city, will be supporting American metalcore outfit The Word Alive.
All of this was talked about in more detail when the fledgling quartet spoke to me.
How did the band form?
OLLY LYLE (bass): I met Jay and Kris at college, and although we were all in separate bands at the time, or were starting different projects, we’d always seem to find ways to help out and be involved, so after a while, it seemed right that we started our own thing.
I knew Kris and Jay had started something and the general direction they wanted to go in, I remember we were all seeing Being As An Ocean live in Plymouth, and I remember telling Kris after the gig, “Whatever you’re doing, I’m in.” To be fair, he didn’t actually say no.
I think we may have had one practice with a stand-in drummer before we asked Totti, and it hasn’t changed since then.
From where did the name Carrier originate?
OLLY: I came up with Carrier. We spent months thinking of names, or actually a change of name, as we were originally called Fight For Hope. Everything we were coming up with was taken, or wasn’t right.
We liked Broken Compass quite a bit, but it didn’t have that one-word snap, so Carrier came about, then stuck. It doesn’t has any significant meaning, its just something we found catchy and liked.
What would you say was your songwriting approach?
OLLY: Songwriting generally involves Jay writing at home, he’s really good at demoing tracks and tabbing songs out for all of us, so even when we’re not together, we’re all sending stuff back and forth.
As good as this sounds, we go into a four-hour practice and none of us can play anything. I think we all remember different parts of what we’ve heard and we all structure something from there. It’s hard to write about, because it just seems to happen.
Next month, the band will be releasing their debut EP, ‘Wither’. How was the recording process?
The recording process was really good. We recorded with Josiah at Momentum Studios in Plymouth. He just really knows his stuff, we had four days back-to-back, and I’m sure you’ll all hear the outcome. Despite the title, for me anyway, it was a joy to make and be part of.
What can be expected of the EP?
We’ve just released ‘Grieve’, that track just speaks for itself, it’s fast, heavy, there’s also some grooves in there. Expect more of that. Expect some slower, cleaner, more melodic parts. Expect surprises. I don’t think this EP compromises anything.
Also next month, you’re going to be supporting The Word Alive when they play Plymouth. How did that come about?
We knew that at this time, we would have just released the first single and wouldn’t be far off the full release, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to promote the single and record, as well as playing to a few new faces at the same time.
Therefore, we were lucky enough to have put ourselves forward for the show and be accepted onto it thanks to Live Sound Promotions.
I can imagine the band are very much looking forward to that.
We’re all extremely excited, we’re huge fans of The World Alive and Continents, who are also playing. Some of us saw TWA about four years ago, when they came down with Memphis May Fire, and now to be on the same line-up as them, it is a very proud moment.
Continents’ new stuff is beyond incredible, they have worked with the same PR company as us as well, so we’re excited to see them!
What else have you all got lined up for this year?
We have a show coming up in March that we’re not announcing until after The Word Alive gig that we’re super excited for, but other than that, our year will consist of trying to get out of Plymouth more, hop on some shows around the country, and hopefully try to organise a couple of tours.
There is a possibility of going back to record more music towards the end of the year, but as of yet, we’re not 100% sure, it’s all very up in the air at the moment!
What is the band’s long-term aim?
To get out, play as many shows as possible, as far and wide as we can, write good music, and have fun.
‘WITHER’, THE DEBUT EP FROM CARRIER, WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ALL PLATFORMS FROM FEBRUARY 23.
THE BAND WILL BE SUPPORTING THE WORD ALIVE IN PLYMOUTH ON FEBRUARY 3. FURTHER INFO CAN BE FOUND BELOW:
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