Interview: CARBS – ‘We're using the sounds of malfunctioning or misbehaving technology to inform our creative process.’
CARBS tell us what they're looking forward to about Strange Behaviours
Stirling's progressive 'mini-festival' is back for a second run at the Tolbooth. Admiral Fallow, United Fruit and We Are Animals are just some of the 22 acts who will congregate to celebrate Scottish indie-music across three stages.
Caledonian electro-hip-hoppers CARBS, aka Jamie and Jonnie, are looking forward to their slot: ‘The line-up looks good and I can walk there from my house!’ says Jonnie. ‘There is literally nothing not to look forward to.’
The pizza-passionate pals, who have been collaborating together since 2010, will perform tracks from their debut album Joyous Material Failure, which is inspired by that very phrase. ‘We're using the sounds of malfunctioning or misbehaving technology to inform our creative process,’ explains Jamie, who played the Tolbooth several times as a ‘young punk’. Jonnie says: ‘I think we sound like a pair of soft, white, bedroom studio engineers listening to indie hip hop and discussing childhood memories.’
It's obvious that the aforementioned Italian carby delight is something the band think about a lot. Not only do the chaps take it in turns to buy the pizza (Brussel sprout and pancetta is Jonnie's favourite, while all Jamie desires is plenty of goats cheese), their album comes as a pizza-printed CD in a 5” box. Can you believe they even had a Pizza Party album launch night? Alright, you probably can.
CARBS may display some strange behaviours on stage, and that's not only to fit in with the festival theme. Watch out, advises Jonnie: ‘Jamie likes to take his hat off and put it back on a lot.’ If you’re heading along, we suggest bringing some napkins just in case the guys decide to share some pizza slices.
Jamie, who grew up in Stirling, has good reason to feel apprehensive about CARBS' set: ‘When I was at High School I'd form a band with some friends, we'd play one show at the Tolbooth, then we'd split up shortly after. This happened two or three times. I'm hopeful that this show doesn't have the same effect upon CARBS.’
Strange Behaviours kicks off Fri 20 Nov, 7pm. CARBS play on Sat 21 Nov.