Reinvigorated under their new guise, Carousels and Limousines, the band formerly known as Grace have returned to release their sensational debut album ‘Home To Andy’s.
Having achieved success as Grace through their ‘Stealing Kisses’ EP, the band have since recruited talented drummer Martyn James. A change in playing style took the band in a new direction and led them to creating their superb debut album as Carousels and Limousines. Working alongside esteemed producer Richard Causon, who has worked on records by Kings of Leon, Tom Jones and Rufus Wainwright, the album has subsequently already been hailed as ‘a great record’ (Chris Hughes).
The first single off the record, ‘17’s’, highlights the bands refined sound, rooted in their love of 70’s rock and melodic capacities. A catchy guitar riff forms the basis for the song allowing lead singer Sam Gotley to show off his rugged, powerful vocals. Stripping the song back in the chorus the bands ambitious sound has certain epic qualities. As an album, ‘Home To Andy’s’ showcases the bands impressive songwriting range. Songs such as ‘One and Only’ demonstrate the upbeat ‘garage pop’ feel of the band, whilst ‘Maria’ is a beautiful ballad, a master class in musical restraint. Elsewhere, the song ‘Carousels and Limousines’ gives off a Bruce Springsteen ‘Nebraska’ feel, as delicate acoustic guitar and harmonica neatly intertwine. Truly it is a stunning and varied album offering something new with each and every listen.
The bands highly developed sound has led them to earning impressive comparisons with such names as The Faces, Bruce Springsteen and The Gaslight Anthem. ‘Home To Andy’s’ certainly contains many of the musical influences from this talented group. Clearly the future is set to be bright for this refreshing group.
“A great new band” – Kelvin Swaby (The Heavy)
“Good job boys” – Tom Meighan (Kasabian)
The band will be playing an album showcase gig on December 4th at the Monto Water Rats, Grays Inn Road, London.