Thrash Hits verdict: We always take note when a young Norwegian band plays with Gallows. Through this method we’ve found Wolves Like Us, Kvelertak and Blood Command from Norway way before we ought to have. Carnival Kids are another Norwegian band and they played with Gallows at the 100 Club earlier this year. It’s only reasonable that we spoke to guitarist, Jethro Fox about life as a Carnival Kid.
Describe your sound in 3 words
Eclectic melodic punk.
How did you meet?
We all met at university in Liverpool. We naturally gravitated towards each other because of a mutual love for a specific few bands, namely Converge, At The Drive In and Refused.
What made you want to start a band?
We’ve all had our own backgrounds in punk, metal and hardcore, but I think we all wanted to do something slightly different. Mainly, something that was heavy, singalong, but also interesting.
Where did the name come from?
We wanted to have a name that didn’t indicate anything too specific, in terms of genre. We’re not keen on being pigeonholed.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
Eric and Andreas are both Norwegian, while John and I are from the UK. That means that we’ve been spending a lot of time in each other’s countries, recording in cool places and playing to a variety of good crowds in amazing cities. The travelling aspect is a real plus. Both countries are very important to us so it’s great to play to crowds both here and in Scandinavia.
With which band would your dream tour be?
I think supporting Converge would be the dream tour. The Jane Doe record had a monumental impact on all of us but besides being huge fans, we take particular inspiration from Jacob Bannon’s lyrical style and themes. Obviously they are quite a bit heavier than our band, so it’d be an interesting mix.
How did you end up on the bill with Gallows at 100 Club?
Following a couple of really fun gigs during By:larm in Oslo earlier this year, I think word began to spread a bit about our live show, which was really exciting for us. One thing led to another, and we were stoked to start working with our agent, who felt that it was time for a debut London show. Needless to say it was a pleasure to share the stage with a great band such as Gallows.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
In the UK, I think Polar and Fighting With Wire are coming from a similar place, whilst in Norway I think we share an affinity of sorts with Man The Machetes and Jack Dalton.
What other band should everyone find out about?
Deathbed Reunion. Besides being our good friends from the west coast of Norway, we’ve shared the stage together a few times, and they have a great thing going – really urgent, chaotic hardcore.
What is the most metal thing you’ve done?
We’ve been considering recording a hair metal song called ‘Living Rent Free With The Devil’ but somehow I feel that it won’t make the cut for the album.
Carnival Kids released their debut single, Fear Of Nothing on 17 June via Killing Moon are are supporting Trash Talk in London on Monday 08 July 2013 at The Underworld in Camden. That’ll be a good gig. They’ll record their debut album later in the year but if you like what you hear, you know what to do.