Carnivals – The Band and The Debut Single ‘Shadows’.

Carnivals – London, England, United Kingdom.


London and it’s solid musical diversity has done it again with the south-east’s Carnivals. The cities’ output consistently boasts everything you were looking for as much as everything you weren’t looking for, and will subsequently grow love.

With influences ranging from The Doors, Tame Impala, The Growlers, The Wytches and a love for the 60’s Psychedelia, Carnivals’ sound embodies psychedelic flutters and quirks, over lashings of modern Indie Rock for that extra punch.

The band’s demo was posted on SoundCloud not eleven months ago, amassing an impressive four and a-half thousand plays to date, as well as a host of positive likes, comments and reposts, with MF included in that number.

The Psychedelic Rock foundation and classic guitars, Post-Punk vocals and Indie-Pop amalgamation worked on the demo is a testament to the musicianship of the band and with the single, seems only to gain more ground.

‘Shadows’ Psychedelia laced intro plays the Indie card well, while the vocals feel stronger and more grounded than the demo. The bass-lines of the track are a highlight, although the mixing has resulted them becoming rather prominent, it enhances the rhythm section with it’s almost deep Punk-tone.

Much like the demo, the guitar work is on point but this time leaning towards a nice Surf-Rock aesthetic, again proving the musicianship of the band and versatility. The only real criticism is that unlike the demo, ‘Shadows’ ends somewhat quickly and prematurely, which is a shame, as it’s a standout track well worth it’s position as a forerunner for the next release.


The band have recently joined the new independent label Gatepost Music, who aim to promote and nurture the UK underground music scene.

Find both Gatepost and Carnivals below:

  • For updates on the band, head to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • ‘Shadows’ is available to stream and download via Deezer, Amazon,
    Spotify, iTunes and Tidal.
  • Gatepost Music can be found on Facebook and Twitter.


Matthew Speer

Matt has 2.1 BA in History and is most likely somewhere in his twenties. He enjoys a wide range of music, but has a strong penchant for Punk-Rock. Originally he hails from the Isle Of Wight off the South Coast of England, UK and spends most of his time around England's South-West.

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