Described by the NME as sounding like “Weezer being beaten up by The Dillinger Escape Plan”, Carnivores draw influence from Fugazi, At The Drive-In, Idlewild, Helmet, Elvis Costello and Nirvana.Carnivores are a three-piece rock band based in Paisley, Scotland. Formed by college friends, Kenny Leckie and Grant MacCall – Carnivores got to work the old fashioned way, touring every venue imaginable in Scotland in their battered estate car, building a fans show by show. They have gained a reputation as one of the hardest working and incendiary live bands in Scotland – taking on guerilla gigs in abandoned buildings, countless house parties and most impressively 450ft up in the Glasgow Science Centre Tower, the tallest fully rotating structure in the world.
After hitting their stride with a series of self-released EP’s and singles, Carnivores went on to play T in the Park, headline Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and playing Glasgow Barrowland at a sell-out show supporting Twin Atlantic. In 2013, the band replaced David with new drummer Martin Johnston and got down to making their debut album, Let’s Get Metaphysical. Recorded live in just six days with producer, Bruce Rintoul (Twin Atlantic/Fatherson), the album captures the raw intensity of the band’s live show matched with a more melodic, introspective aspect to Carnivores sound.
A strong theme on Let’s Get Metaphysical is about looking at the world that we’ve inherited from previous generations and seeing how irresponsible those generations have been with it – Kenny explains “We’ve all been brought up in working classing households and the people that our parents and grand-parents put trust in have sold out the working classes in a big way. In a song like ‘Lion Tamer’ we’re singing about our home towns but it could be anywhere in the UK, the same with ‘The Second Wave of Yuppie Scum’, it’s about someone specific to us turning out to be a class traitor – I think that’s a feeling that everyone can relate to.” Leckie continues, “Most rock music you hear these days is very polished and homogenised. We wanted to go the opposite way and make something that was musically and emotionally very raw and real. It’s just three guys in a room playing loud rock music. Lyrically, it’s like an open wound, for better or worse it’s practically a diary of the last six months of my life”.
Scotland is a nation in a state of flux, with many important decisions for its inhabitants ahead. Let’s Get Metaphyscial provides a state of the nation address from young men in touch with their history and a strong sense of what lies ahead. But just how ‘metaphysical’ is this record? “I’m an armchair metaphysicist” admits Kenny, “I’m not ashamed to admit that all my knowledge on philosophy comes from Wikipedia. We had a Soren Kiekergaard quote on our first EP, I only know him because he was mentioned in Wayne’s World. Where’s my honorary doctorate at?”
Carnivores debut album, Let’s Get Metaphysical will be released on 27th October on Smalltown America.
18/9: Glasgow, Bar Bloc
25/9: Edinburgh, Opium
26/9: Stewarton, Stewarton Arms
27/9: Inverness, Mad Hatters
02/10: Ayr, UWS Union
13/10: Aberdeen, Downstairs
15/10: Sheffield, South Sea
16/10: Cheltenham, The Frog & Fiddle
17/10: London, Camden Barfly
18/10: Derby, The Victoria Inn
24/10: Paisley, Bungalow Bar
25/10: Glasgow, 13th Note Cafe