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"Carnation Support O.K.Corral @ the Underground Hanley 25th of March 2011"

The third band up were Carnation, who started their set off with a mighty powerful riff and not before long the place was bouncing with lot's of super ecstatic young 'uns jumping all over the show. The lads from the band were also very enthusiastic and as far as I could tell were putting as much effort into their performance as possible. This effort paid off and resulted in a great energy which both band and audience were feeding off. Song of the night had to have been 'Too Cool For The Dancefloor' and pretty much summed up the band's overall sound and vibe. - Stoke Sounds

"Carnation Support Proud Mary @ the Box Crewe 9th December 2011"

Back for the first time since May's Volume Festival, Carnation delivered with possibly their strongest Box set to date.
One of Stoke's finest for sure, the three-piece lifted the crowd with a blistering set - cheered on by their vocal hardcore fans. - The Box - Crewe

"Going Underground to make their mark!"

CARNATION are a trio from Stoke-on-Trent who headline The Underground, Hanley, tonight. The three 17-year-olds, who describe their style as alternative rock'n'roll with a punky edge, are lead vocalist Jack Lancaster, Paul Chaplin and drummer Tom Castrey. Tom, from Endon, a student at City Of Stoke-on-Trent College's Burslem campus, answers our questions.

How did you get into music?

Each of us were influenced by our families. As we grew up together we all had similar interests in the same music. We all went to Holden Lane High School and it is mainly through each other that we discovered different artists.

And that's what influenced us to form a band.

How did you start the band?

We became friends at school and set up the group about a year ago. Me and Jack are studying music performance at the City Of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. Jack and Paul started playing, but I started to learn to play the drums so I could join them. I've only been drumming for about two years so I've picked it up fairly quickly.

How would you describe your influences?

As a band we are influenced by musicians like The Jam, The Who, Stone Roses, Small Faces, Supergrass, Paul Weller and The Kinks. If we had to pick a style of music to describe ourselves we would say we play alternative rock'n'roll with a punky edge, but we've been told by people we have developed our own sound. It's a real mixture. As a drummer I'm inspired by musicians like Keith Moon, of The Who and Rick Buckler, from The Jam.

What have been your best and worst moments so far?

Our best moment so far was when we supported Twisted Wheel at The Box in Crewe with The Sport – who were great – as part of the Crewe Live festival in May. We took a coach from Hanley, with about 50 people. It was a great weekend. We're hoping to do our next gig at The Box where we'll be supporting Proud Mary, in December. We made a great first impression at The Sugarmill the other week too, supporting Six Towns and OK Corral. As for our worst moments, we've had a few bad gigs where we've been a little under-rehearsed, but we always make sure we don't let it get us down and come back fighting for the next one.

What are your plans for the future?

Within the next few months we plan to record new songs and re-record some of our stronger old songs. Paul used to write most of the songs but Jack's started writing now. I try but they won't use any of my songs! We've all got the willpower to try and become the best, we're just going to go for it because we've got nothing to lose.

Forthcoming dates: We have a headline gig at The Underground in Hanley tonight. Tickets cost £4 and doors open at 7.30pm. We're being supported by 3's A Riot, Staghouse and Little 9.

On December 9 we will be playing with Proud Mary at The Box in Crewe with a coach there and back.

For information about the band and to listen to the music, go to Facebook.
- The Sentinel


We have recorded a 4 track CD at Abbey Sounds recording studio located in Rugely. From this CD we have gained radio airplay on 3 local radio stations: 6 Towns Radio, Moorlands Radio and more popular BBC Stoke.



We are a three piece band from the North of England, creating guitar music since 2010. Over the past 2 years we have aquired a good and promising set of material. Our songs range from powerful, energetic chord structures and riffs, to more mellow and emotional tracks.

We are 3 lads who grew up together through school and have made music our priority since then. The 3 of us love what we do and put our heart and soul into all of our performances and songs. We started off rehearsing where we could, money was tight as we were only 15 and 16 years of age. Since then we have moved to professional rehearsal studios and have gained alot of experience. Our music and sound as also changed over the past two years which has eventually adapted and seperated us a part from any other band.

There is a good chemistry in the bad as we all enjoy a wide range of music, we have many influences like: the Jam, the Who, Paul Weller, the Stone Roses, Oasis, Supergrass, the Small Faces, the Lambrettas, the Merton Parka's, the Rifles, the Kinks and many more...
The style of music we play is best described as alternative rock with a punky edge.