Expect “rib rattling riffs with a Mancunian kiss” at Night People this September when local indie rock trio Carnation visit Night People. With a debut LP still on the horizon, we caught up with members Cameron Nolan, Saul Backhouse and Oscar Mangini ahead of their latest show. Check out latest single ‘Fatal Attraction’ below.

Hello Carnation! How would you sum yourselves up, as a band?

Saul // We’re a band who write music that we are proud of, driven by the ongoing support of our fans. (To fans) love you x

Is there anything you’re working on we should know about?

Oscar // We have a new single coming out on the 3rd September called BOMBSITE. Get on that!

What music have you been listening to this week?

Cam // A shit load of Abba. Can’t beat ’em can yer really… also The Growlers are ridiculous like, Brooks’s voice is so unusually soothing. Not to forget our brothers in Saytr Play.

Do you have a favourite venue in Manchester?

Cam // The Albert Hall without a doubt. It’s just a very special place for me personally. There’s something about that place when you walk in.

Do you think the city has influenced you as an artist or a band? If so, how?

Oscar // Definitely. Manchester has everything to do with the music industry as it is, not to mention the bands that have come out of it. Manchester music/culture has been a big influence on all three of us.

What was the last film you/you all saw?

Saul // Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again. What a film. As you can probably tell, we like Abba. A little bit… the absence of Meryl Streep hurt me a bit but, Cher’s trousers made up for it. We also watch Monty Python’s Life of Brian 24/7. I mean come on, it’s Monty Python innit.

If you could master one instrument, what would it be?

Oscar // Drums, hahaha.

Saul // The theremin would be a laugh.

What is the best purchase you ever made?

Saul // My Spice Girls ticket in 2007. They spiced up my life and it went perfect with my Spice Girl wallpaper.


Carnation perform at Night People on Friday 7th September. Tickets are available here.

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