By Leanne Sherman
In recent years, it’s safe to say that Birmingham has not been at the very forefront of indie music, with East London leading the way in taking new music from underground to… overground. But that appears to be changing as a whole host of major labels pile into the region to grab their piece of a growing scene that’s unlike any other in the UK currently.
The sound is combination of indie, dubstep, electro, punk and dance music – all fused together to create sublime, energetic dance floor fillers. Bands such as Peace are being hyped as the next big thing in music, local legends Troumaca and Swim Deep have both been getting heavy airplay on Radio 1 and Victories At Sea have been featured in NME.
At the forefront of this new musical fusion are The Carpels – a young five-piece band currently signed to local label One Beat Records. Their music includes break-beat, dubstep and synthesised electro-house, but at its core sits an indie sound with punkish vocals and thrashing guitar riffs.
The band has just released a short film called The Neon Sessions which exemplifies the movement that’s currently happening in the region and features three new tracks from the band.
Having just turned 18 last year, the boys played at This Feeling at The Queen Of Hoxton in East London causing a few jaws to drop and later they were also played by Zane Lowe on Radio 1.
Birmingham is the perfect backdrop for the gritty, industrial sound that The Carpels are creating and the scene in the Midlands feels less like a collection of musicians and more like a big family in which all the bands support each other, party together and turn out for each others shows. This attitude, which is a far leap from that of London, has even spawned One Beat Sunday, which is a one-day festival which will be held this summer to bring most of the bands involved together.