Leeds based trio Caro are no doubt one of the most exciting, unique new bands to pop up in the last year or two. Their delicately put together pop sound is bursting with a variety of sounds, already securing them support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Steve Lamacq, as well as supporting the magnificent Gengahr on their UK tour last year.
Following the success of their debut single Closet Lunatic Caro have gone from strength to strength, playing countless live shows and proving themselves as something truly special; leading them to where they are today. Having recently released their fourth single, Eyes On The Ground we had a chat with the band to figure out just what Caro are about.
You have quite a mysterious feel about you, how would you describe each other to somebody who’s new to Caro?
Bryn's a petite curvaceous blonde who likes walks on the beach and blocks of deep fried cheese, Andy is a sassy brunette who likes cuddly Sundays and kissing in the rain.
Your music is a refreshing change from a lot of the bands at your current level, do you think too many bands are sounding the same lately?
Thanks! There might be a lot of similar sounding acts around but there's also more variety now than I think there ever has been so there is a lot of pretty innovative stuff happening too.
Is there anything specific that you do to try and stand out from other bands, or are you just going with your own thing?
The songs evolve a lot over time and we try to sort of ignore our instincts a lot of the time along the way, to try and do something that doesn't necessarily come naturally and hopefully hasn't been done before. The final product is often pretty far removed from the initial idea, but at the same time we try and preserve the thing that evoked a response in the first place.
You’ve played quite a lot of live shows this year, how’s that been? Have you had anything a bit strange happen on the road?
It’s been great so far thanks. Once we were driving back to Leeds from Glasgow overnight and we saw 300 rabbits along the side of the road, I counted them.
What’s the best thing about being in Caro? Do you prefer playing live or actually writing and recording your music?
Playing live and getting to travel around is a lot of fun and not having to stay in the same place for very long is one of the best things about being in a band but writing and recording the music is the main reason for doing it and it's the most rewarding part for me, even if at times somewhat maddening.
What’s your writing process like? Do you have a particular way of doing things or does everything just come together naturally?
It varies really, a lot of the time a lyric and melody will come out at the same time and it just becomes a puzzle trying to figure out what the lyric meant and where to go with it.
If you could write a song for any other artist to record, who would you choose and why?
I've never really written a song for someone else, it's quite a personal thing so I wouldn't really know what to say on someone else's behalf. But I'd love to produce and arrange a song for some powerhouse pop vocalist and just get to use their voice as an instrument. Sia comes to my mind, I love her voice and songs but I always want to hear different production on them.
Eyes On The Ground is your fourth release, right? Have you found the reaction to each track you’ve put out has varied or has it been similar for each one?
The reaction's been positive so far, I think I've reacted differently to each release, cause some of the songs were years old by the time they reached the light of day and others came about relatively quickly, the key word there being relatively.
Which of your own songs is your favourite? Is there any reason why?
I think my favourite is probably a song of ours called Monster Man, it's our one of the only songs that has a really tangible character and storyline, I wrote it a few years ago now and have been playing it in a lot of different iterations, it's been a lot of fun evolving it into what it is now.
Finally, what can we expect to see from Caro over the rest of 2017?
We’re touring all around the UK very soon, and then we hope to finish our own line of Christmas jumpers in time for the holiday season and I think Andy has his own perfume coming out some time this year.
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