Interviews: CARSICK

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Punk Rock band, CARSICK from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Jack R: CARSICK was the name of a song I wrote for a band my brother and I used to be in years ago, it was probably the only good song we made back then. Joe asked if he can use the name for this project and I said no and he did it anyway and here we are.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Joe: Whatever you wanna define our genre as we play it 'cause it's loads of fun and it gets the way we feel across the best - and it means our live shows are fucking chaos too!

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Joe: Well obviously and unfortunately I knew my brother from birth. I've known Tom since he started college - he was in the year below me - and Jack H and I were in another band and then lived together before he joined CARSICK.

Jack H: Ultimately we all have Andover College to thank!

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Tom: My favourite band at the moment is Wunderhorse.

Joe: PUP and Fontaines D.C.

Jack H: All-time, I'm going with The Dillinger Escape Plan. Right now it's probably Young Fathers.

Jack R: I've been spinning that new Courting record on repeat, just straight bangers.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Jack H: Most of the lyrical content of our tracks is taken from real experiences we've had in pubs, bars, and venues. There's no better place to find inspiration for this kind of music than down your local on a Friday night.

Joe: We're basically trying to capture through our music what it's like to be going through your late teens and 20s in small-town England, trying to figure out what you're doing and who you are. It's chaotic and exciting, sometimes confusing, and sometimes really tough.

6. Where was your last gig?

Tom: The last show we played was in Trowbridge at a beautiful little venue called The Pump. It went off so hard. Always love playing there.

7. Where would you like to act?

Jack R: Glastonbury headliner would be cool. It'll happen, just give us a couple years.

Joe: Reading and Leeds is probably the dream.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Joe: There’s so many people I would love to feature with, but Allan Mustafa (MC Grindah) from KURUPT FM would be top of the list for sure. Bono keeps calling but I don’t pick up.

Jack R: I think a song with Kate Nash would be so sick. I'll ask her at Truck Fest this year, she'll probably ignore me but hey - you don't ask, you don't get.

9. Whom not?

Jack H: It's not likely to happen, but probably Morrissey. No explanation is needed, fuck that guy.

Joe: I'm going, Elvis. Would be pretty scary considering how long he's been dead. 

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Joe: Stage fright is pretty crazy cause it can come out of nowhere sometimes. I tend to have a couple beers before a show but that’s probably not a good habit to get into. So I would say it’s all about the confidence and the more you practice, the better you’ll feel on the night!

Jack R: Consistency is key, it’s like anything - the more you do it the easier it gets. I remember being super anxious for our first show but it gets easier after a while; a bit of liquid confidence does always help too if you’re too nervous to get on the stage.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Joe: British bands who started off as DIY as us, mainly. IDLES, The Streets, Soft Play, Jamie T... and we also take a lot of inspiration from Britrock from the '90s like Blur and Pulp.

Jack H: I'd also say bands and artists who are pushing the envelope and doing something totally unique are always an inspiration. Just this year Slowthai and Young Fathers have both released albums that fit that description.

Jack R: And also the bands who we're now starting to see as our peers in the scene. Hypothetics, Courting, DITZ, Loose Articles... the list goes on.

Tom: Personally as a drummer, I've always looked up to Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, so Foo Fighters are definitely up there for me.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Jack R: We got asked to write an original short story and sign it on the back of one of our tour posters. This was pretty hard to do given how drunk we were but hope they liked it... it made sense in our heads at the time.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Tom: We love all of 'em to death. They always show up and bring insane energy to our shows - we'd be nothing without them at the end of the day.

14. What do you think of our site?

Jack H: Loving it. The amount of sick bands I've discovered just from scrolling the homepage is amazing! Really grateful to be a part of it.

15. Something to add?

Joe: Just a cheeky plug... we're going on a huge tour in September and we'd love to see you there. We guarantee a huge party at every single date. Promise.

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