Friday, 8th March 2019 – Manchester Gulliver’s
Akoustik Anarkhy presents:
Carousel Clouds (acoustic)
Ellie Akhgar (Extinguish Her)
Tom Long (Easter)
Ben (Buffalo Steaks)
DJ Matt Lidis
7pm – late, £5 on the door
Head over to the Carousel Clouds Soundcloud page, where you can download an acoustic cover version of Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End).
This festive song was performed recently at the Carousel Clouds Christmas Shindig, which raised £43 for the Fallowfield and Withington Foodbank. We would like to say thanks by making this version available as a free download – donations to the foodbank are always welcome.
The original version of Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) was written and recorded by The Darkness.
Saturday, 15th December 2018 – Manchester Fuel
Carousel Clouds + Johnny Winbolt-Lewis (Douga) + Neil Wright (Dutch Uncles) + Ghosts of Social Networks + Guests + DJs
Carousel Clouds & Friends Charity Christmas Shindig
Johnny Winbolt-Lewis (Douga)
Ghosts of Social Networks
Neil Wright (Dutch Uncles, The Alpha Machine, Chips of Chorlton),
DJs until late.
Limited advance tickets £3
Ticket link: TicketSource
All proceeds to the Fallowfield and Withington Foodbank. Donations can also be made on the evening.
Fuel Cafe, 448 Wilmslow Rd, Withington, Manchester M20 3BW
Wilmslow road is served by busses 41, 42,, 42A, 42B, 43 and 44, plus 142 and 143 night busses. Nearest Metrolink stop: Burton Road.
JOHNNY WINBOLT-LEWIS We were delighted to play with Douga at The Eagle, for the Invisible Lines single launch. Back at the Summer 2017 show, Douga played a completely improvised set. Since then, Douga have released wonderful second album Hidden Tapes and the Golden Tide, and vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Johnny is coming to play a set at Fuel this Winter, possibly with some special guests.
NEIL WRIGHT After years of asking, Neil Wright exited his solo-hiatus to play with Carousel Clouds in August 2018, his first solo show in 6 years. Although he does perform regularly, as guitarist with Dutch Uncles, as well as hosting the ace Chips of Chorlton podcast. Neil previously also played with (52) Teenagers and The Alpha Machine, and we are extremely excited to see him perform from his exquisite back-catalogue for us again.
GHOSTS OF SOCIAL NETWORKS A Manchester act we first heard when championed by Steve Lamacq, no less. Having since caught them live a few times, we cannot wait to see GOSN perform at the Christmas Shindig.
CAROUSEL CLOUDS Following the release of debut album Tales of Coincidence in April 2018, Carousel Clouds have started work on the follow-up record, and will be previewing some material from it. (Plus there may be a festive surprise)
SPECIAL GUESTS Be alert for some very special guests on the night!
Neil was invited into the BBC Radio Manchester studio, to review some new tracks for the Introducing Manchester show. You can listen back to the show, and Neil discussing what Carousel Clouds have been up to lately, here:
Listen to Carousel Clouds introducing themselves to Dave Sweetmore on his Revolution 96.2FM show, below. The feature, followed by an airing of Grace (Look No Further) is 38m50s into the show.
More info on Dave’s show on The Rev can be found here.
Grace (Look No Further) will be released on 14th September, via Ranch Records. The single contains the tracks below, and will be available as digital download, on a name-your-price basis (including £zero), from the Carousel Clouds shop.
Following the 2017 debut single ‘Invisible Lines’ – which Steve Lamacq labelled “entrancing” on BBC 6Music, and Tom Robinson called a “three-and-a-half-minute epic” on the same station – came the 2018 Carousel Clouds debut long-player Tales of Coincidence, an album recorded with three bassists, and yet without a note of bass played throughout the record…
On ‘Grace (Look No Further)’, the Salford band echo the lyrical theme in the music, changing moods sweeping through its near-200 seconds, their signature haunting shoegaze-psych sound intact.
Grace (Look No Further)
“We’re proud of the whole record, but from a songwriting perspective I am personally pleased that, on Grace, we tried to match the lyrics to the music in a way I haven’t done before, to the extent that an actual heartbeat is used for they rhythm at one stage. Hopefully, the subject matter dovetails perfectly with the sounds we are making, changing moods accordingly, including repetition, monotony, hope and euphoria. We think it does, anyway! Similar to The Torment, it is almost like two songs bolted together, with multiple time signatures and no traditional chorus – obviously, this is the next single…!”
Thoughts on Grace (Look No Further), which Neil discussed with Even The Stars.
Blood Red Sky (Marlon Brando Mix)
“Way before Carousel Clouds existed, Ben asked me to add a vocal line to a piece he had written. He had the title, but no lyrics or melody, and emailed me the track. It sounded great as an instrumental, an ambient electronica.”
Neil discussing the origins of Blood Red Sky with Even The Stars. The version now available with this single is one of those early compositions of the track.
Carousel Clouds + James Holt + Lindsay Munroe + Neil Wright
Tuesday, 21st August 2018
The Castle Hotel, Oldham Street, Manchester
Tickets £3 advance, £5 on the door
Ticket Link: TicketSource
7.00pm Doors Open
7.45pm Neil Wright
8.30pm Lindsay Munroe
9.15pm James Holt
10.00pm Carousel Clouds
“Entrancing” – Steve Lamacq, on Carousel Clouds
“Fresh and exciting to listen to” – Brian Eno, on James Holt
Lindsay Munroe‘s EP One Day Will Break is about to sell out, and is a favourite with BBC Introducing in Manchester
Rare solo set from Neil Wright, Dutch Uncles guitarist and former (52) Teenagers and Alpha Machine frontman.
Spotify playlist containing all four acts performing: Spotify Playlist