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Last Years Girl Reviews Carnivores Single 'Let's Get Metaphysical'

"“Let’s Get Metaphysical” [...] is a fully-fledged spitfire of a song which manages to capture the spirit of the trio’s raucous live performances while being intelligent and melodic enough to listen to while sitting at your desk"

 
I feel as if I’ve seen it all now when it comes to music PR, but this morning I found a genuine first in my inbox – a press release, via a PR agency, which mentioned an upcoming gig in my hometown of Paisley. While the name of the band won’t be an unfamiliar one to Glasgow-based writers, hopefully this campaign – which comes ahead of the release of their debut album and a national tour – will introduce the brilliant Carnivores to a much wider audience.
 
And what a tune they’ve found to do it on. “Let’s Get Metaphysical”, the title track of an album that will be released on 27th October on Smalltown America, is a fully-fledged spitfire of a song which manages to capture the spirit of the trio’s raucous live performances while being intelligent and melodic enough to listen to while sitting at your desk. The album, which was recorded live in just six days with Twin Atlantic/Fatherson producer Bruce Rintoul, deals with themes both personal and political, according to the band’s Kenny Leckie; with songs about a home town being slowly strangled by the death of West of Scotland industry and proliferation of out-of-town shopping centres and the betrayal of the working classes.
 
I loved this quote so much I nicked it from the press release:
 
“We’ve all been brought up in working class households and the people that our parents and grandparents put trust in have sold out the working classes in a big way,” Leckie said. “In a song like ‘Lion Tamer’ we’re singing about our home towns but it could be anywhere in the UK, the same with ‘The Second Wave of Yuppie Scum’, it’s about someone specific to us turning out to be a class traitor – I think that’s a feeling that everyone can relate to.”
 
“Most rock music you hear these days is very polished and homogenised. We wanted to go the opposite way and make something that was musically and emotionally very raw and real. It’s just three guys in a room playing loud rock music. Lyrically, it’s like an open wound – for better or worse it’s practically a diary of the last six months of my life,” he said.
 
Carnivores are set to headline the grand re-opening of the newly-redecorated Bloc on 18th September, with a national tour due to follow in October. You can buy a digital version of the single now.
 
Carnivores on tour:
18/09 GLASGOW, Bar Bloc
25/09 EDINBURGH, Opium
26/09 STEWARTON, Stewarton Arms
27/09 INVERNESS, Mad Hatters
02/10 AYR, UWS Union
13/10 ABERDEEN, Downstairs
15/10 SHEFFIELD, South Sea
16/10 CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
17/10 LONDON, Camden Barfly
18/10 DERBY, The Victoria Inn
24/10 PAISLEY, Bungalow Bar
25/10 GLASGOW, 13th Note

 

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