10:00 Thursday 28 February 2013

The Carnie Army set to rock Birmingham

Written byBY JAMES BRINDLE

NEWCOMERS The Last Carnival will be bringing their loyal band of followers to Birmingham for the first night of their UK tour this coming Wednesday.

The band are making big noises on the UK rock scene with their hugely energetic live shows and unique sound blending the classic rock and roll of Little Richard with a stadium rock size edge.

Frontman and songwriter Russell James Williams spoke to the Mail ahead of a run of UK dates which sees the band play Birmingham’s O2 Academy 3 on Wednesday night.

He said he aims to turn the venue into ‘one big party’ come show time.

“It is going to be great,” he said.

“We are trying to do even bigger and better shows than the last time. We aim to entertain people – that is what we are about.

“I am in the crowd a lot of the time and just try and create a big party atmosphere.

“Every time we play we look forward to it as it’s the reward at the end of a hard slog in the studio.”

The band enjoy a loyal following from the self-proclaimed ‘Carnie Army’ and Williams loves the fact they have such passionate fans.

He said: “I think the term (Carnie Army) helps. The people that have been involved with us are really passionate and it is starting to grow.

“They are like supporters of a football club.”

Work on the band’s debut album is well advanced and Williams is aiming to get it out before the end of the year.

His aim, he says, is to ‘shake the ground, literally, with rock music’.

He said: “The album is almost there. I am heavily involved in the mixing at the minute and we are just getting the final touches done so it will definitely be out this year.

“I want to get it right. I want it to be an album you listen to in the traditional sense where the songs make up the whole piece rather than just being in a random order. That takes time.

“We wanted to capture the band as it is live, as live we are just a massive ball of energy and so the ultimate challenge was to capture that on record.

“I wanted to get that raw power in but also make sure it is clean and polished – that has been the challenge with the mixing.”

I asked Williams whether he thought there was a gap in the market for The Last Station to fill.

He said: “I just made the group because I thought the music I was making sounded cool.

“I think we stick out like a sore thumb in the current scene.

“There is some great music at the moment but I think we’ve stumbled on to a sound that is unique but other bands will say that too.

“There is definitely a hole for British guitar bands in the broad sense but there are a lot of great bands out there – it is just a matter of getting exposure.”

The Last Carnival perform at the O2 Academy 3 in Birmingham on Wednesday night. See the venue for tickets.

Their new EP Falling For Luisa is out on March 11.

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