Friday 28th September saw Southend favourites Carousel take to the stage for their hometown show at Chinnerys to perform their own blend of Indie/Americana. The band have been on the road for their first ever UK headline tour playing shows in Cambridge, Brighton and a sold out night at London’s Green Note.
Opening the night was the wonderful Lisa Wright, a rising singer/songwriter from Essex who has supported the likes of Cam. Playing songs from her new EP Mind of Mine, her distinctive blend of country-pop warmed up the crowd perfectly and her likeable character won everyone over with ease.
Carousel took to the stage opening with a dramatic performance of their song Seconds. Enriched with atmospheric sounds and stunning harmonies, it was clear that everyone was about to witness something quite remarkable. The band immediately jumped into Dead Horse, their upbeat anthemic track from their debut EP released last year. With slick riffs and fantastic fiddle parts courtesy of Toby Shaer, Carousel took the Southend venue to a different place and had everyone involved.
With the band building their energy and taking the audience into their hands, Thomas Eatherton announced a song about his Father, who had travelled from France to watch them perform on their first national tour. The track in question is of course My Father’s Son, a storming number with sensational harmonies and a killer guitar riff. It’s about hard work and the band turned up the heat once again performing at their absolute finest to make it one of the highlights of the night.
The 28th September wasn’t just the night of their hometown show, it was also release day for their new single Firesong, which received a huge roar from the crowd when Chris Hobart made the announcement. It’s an extraordinary track all about friendship and whilst it slowed the pace down a little, it was an extremely empowering moment that was perfectly placed into their set.
This led into Don’t Let It Die, their upbeat single released at the start of summer this year. A rocked up, feelgood track that represented the constant theme for their love of being creative individuals. This is one of their most commercially driven tracks and was definitely another strong highlight.
Fading into Comfortable Skin, a song that they announced is one of their favourite tracks and still gives them goosebumps when they perform it live. It certainly had the same reaction with everyone else in the venue as you couldn’t even hear a pin drop throughout. Porcelain followed shortly after, a song that has amassed 100,000 streams online and one where Sarah Holburn takes the lead. It was a stunning way to end the set that had everyone demanding one more.
You guessed it, Carousel returned to the stage to perform one of their most loved tracks Show and what a way it was to truly close their biggest headline set to date. It’s a song that highlights all of the best bits of the band, glorious harmonies, plenty of energy and of course that brilliant fiddle.
We constantly praise Carousel here at Art Will Fall and for very good reason, they are one of the best bands coming out of Essex right now. But Friday took that to another level, these four are one of the best bands the UK has to offer and are surely on the edge of huge success.
People compare them to the likes of new bands such as The Wandering Hearts, but I would take it much further than that. It was a true Mumford & Sons moment, something genuinely special and one of the highlights of the year so far.
Carousel hit the road again on Monday to continue their tour in Manchester, Birmingham, Exeter and Bristol. They will also return to Essex to play Peggy Sue’s in Leigh-on-Sea this December, grab your tickets for that here.
Be sure to follow the band online here, you won’t want to miss a single thing they do. You can also watch our live session with Carousel below: