Flawless Carbon are a modern rock band proud of their roots in the Kentish countryside, but it’s their adoration of American blues and a lust for the stadium heights of the big city that really set them apart. Meticulously crafting their own distinct musical style over the years, the four-piece combines influences from pioneering artists on both sides of the Atlantic into a unique sound which is its most realised on the forthcoming EP Back Streets and White Lies.
Flawless Carbon, at the heart, take influence from classic rock giants such as Hendrix, Zeppelin or Floyd but Back Streets and White Lies sees the band utilising their love of more contemporary artists such as Royal Blood, Kaleo, The Pretty Reckless and Beth Hart to simultaneously push boundaries and produce their most direct sound to date. With a release date set for summer 2018, the band are excited to bring the new sound to their relentless live schedule.
On stage is where the band belong, bringing a contagious electricity to festivals and venues alike. Following appearances at festivals across the UK and becoming regulars on London’s most prestigious club circuits, Flawless Carbon have been making a name for themselves on stages around the country and don’t intend on slowing down: “Everyone comes alive on stage and that feeling is so infectious, you just want to do it again and again and again. It’s what feeds us to take this even further.”
Sexy, dirty and passionate – Flawless Carbon are as crisp as the name suggests.
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We talked with the band to get the low down on all things Flawless and Carbon.
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourselves tell us a little bit about your band.
Flawless Carbon is a female fronted rock band from Kent. Flawless Carbon, at the heart, take influence from classic rock giants such as Hendrix, Zeppelin or Floyd but Back Streets and White Lies sees the band utilising their love of more contemporary artists such as Royal Blood, Kaleo, The Pretty Reckless and Beth Hart to simultaneously push boundaries and produce their most direct sound to date.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
Lauren – I’ve always been interested in music and singing, since I was very young. But initially it started out with my passions being more towards classical and theatre. It wasn’t until I reached my late teenage years that rock really started to take my interest
Rob – I think it was listening to Smoke On The Water, I remember hearing at the beginning of the track ‘wait, make everything louder, turn it up!’ and I fell in love with the song just wanted to know and listen to more and more
Katie – My Dad had a compilation album of typical ‘Dad Rock’ called ‘Greatest Air Guitar in the World’ and I was hooked. It was book ended with Queen tracks which made it even better
Ben – Ben genuinely suffers from memory loss so unfortunately cannot pin point a specific moment, but he’s played drums since his late teens and never really stopped.
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
Lauren – Probably something ridiculous like Spice Girls. But hey – they were my generation! GIRL POWER!
Rob – Best of U2 1990-2000
Katie – Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
Ben – Presidents of the USA – Presidents of the USA
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
Lauren – singing all my life. From joining a local choir at the age of 5 and singing solos in Canterbury cathedral, to performing at the Marlowe at the age of 15 and then joining my first band at 16
Rob – When I started secondary school I began having lessons – about 14/15
Katie – I originally started out playing Piano. I didn’t start Bass until I was 14 when my older brothers needed a bassist to jam with and couldn’t find one!
Ben – Similar to Katie – my brother needed a drummer and told me to buy a drum kit. So I did! Maybe 16/17?
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
Lauren – initially I was always determined to be on the west end stage. After finishing school I auditioned for many stage schools, but alas, my dancing is worse than Bambi on Ice and I was unsuccessful in becoming a triple threat performer. So I thought it was time to focus on my strengths of singing, and being in a band utilized that. And it also meant I could continue to perform. On stage, you can be whatever persona you can create. I had classical singing lessons at school, working my way through my grades and then at 18, I stopped doing classical and worked on my contemporary voice. It’s changed a lot in ten years!
Rob – I had lessons at school but pre-dominantly self taught. Being in different bands over the years helps you to learn new ideas and styles as you go along.
Katie – Self taught as well. I played bass more at University which I graduated from last year. It’s a lot of fun being a female bassist, you’re in high demand!
Ben – Very very self taught. I don’t like to complicate drums, but to compliment what everything else is doing. I’ve been in and helped countless bands over the years and I suppose this has helped mould me into the drummer I am today!
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Lauren – Freddie Mercury. Without a doubt
Rob – Jimmy Page
Katie – John Entwistle
Ben – Dave Grohl
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Not really. As corny and cliché as it sounds, it’s something that’s just built into you. Being a musician is simply who we all are
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
Lauren – Black Stone Cherry at Wembley.
Rob – John Mayer at 02 in 2017. And Flight of the Conchords in 2012
Katie – Black Sabbath at O2 – 2013
Ben – Less Than Jake – Brixton Academy
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Lauren – Aha – Take On Me.
Rob – TATU/Early Maroon 5
Katie – Abba
Ben – 8bit music from old computer games
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We’ve spent the summer getting Back Streets and White Lies out there, and now it’s coming to the quieter period for bands, we’re back writing even more new music.
Where and when did you record it?
Back Streets and White Lies was recorded at Rimshot Studios in Sittingbourne with Josh Holland. It was recorded last October.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
It’s a collaborative effort. Someone will come to rehearsal with an idea and we spend a lot of time jamming around the idea. We record little bits on our phones and see how it all works and if we can tie it together. Sometimes we have two completely contrasting ideas that we end up working into one song together. Some songs take one rehearsal to write and some can take a few months just to click. It’s always different
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
The first year the band got together, we gigged every weekend, sometimes two or three times a weekend for about 6 months. It was insane, great fun, but tiring. It helped us gain a fan base and we still see many people from those early days come to watch us now which is nice. We’ve done as many local festivals as possible and charity events as well. We’re currently trying to get our name out further by gigging in London but it’s taking a while. As these things do. 2019 will be a year for even more new music and touring
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
Kent has an incredibly mixed music scene. There aren’t many venues but a hell of a lot of pubs that like to put on live bands. There are all sorts of covers bands and party bands. Lots of Indie, Rock, Singer Songwriters – it’s incredibly eclectic.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
There aren’t enough, no. The ones that are work so hard in promoting live music and originals bands and it’s wonderful. But unfortunately most people want to go on the pub on a Friday night and listen to songs they know. Which is absolutely fine and understandable, but there does need to be more for originals bands. It’s a different world we live in. With everything accessible in the palm of your hands, most people can get to new music just by streaming.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
I think more inclusivity. A band can be absolutely incredible, their music cleverly crafted and they work their butts off. But because their music isn’t strictly indie, or you can’t fully pigeon hole them into a genre, it’s really difficult to do anything with them. I think if the music is good, these bands should be given the same opportunities as everyone else. Mainly to open up to the world the many wonderful styles of music that there are, and that there’s life outside of Radio 1. Don’t get me wrong, we all listen to all radio stations so this is nothing against them. But they do have their specific demographic which means if you only listen to that, you’re not going to know just what there is in the outside world.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
Have faith. There’s been many a time recently where we’ve wanted to give up because mentally, it’s incredibly hard work. There’s more negative than positive when you first start a band and it’s incredibly demoralizing. But ultimately, nothing you truly want really ever comes easy. Heads held high, hold on and keep working as hard as you can. There’s merit in that, even when you feel there’s nowhere left to go
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
Always be polite, approachable and friendly. But always do your research on people who promise you the world. Trust. Your. Gut.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
Our music is always changing and evolving. For the first few years everything was incredibly bluesy. Which is great, but it’s not the ‘in thing’. Back Streets and White Lies is the beginning of our development into who we truly are as a band. The next lot of music we’re working really hard on to stamp our sound on. Rock music at the moment is very punchy, ethereal and actually quite simple (not in a bad way). Something that grabs you from the off and reals you in.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
It completely enhances everything we do. So many free platforms to spread the word about who we are. Recording is such an expensive process so to have these platforms offered to us for free is a great help when it comes to getting new music out there. However, it also means that there’s so much on social media for it to get lost in. So many people trying to achieve the same goal. But we’re all in the same boat, we have to help each other
So moving forward what’s next for you?
New music, new pictures, new music video.
How do you see the evolution of the band?
We’re a completely different band to who we were when FC was first formed. We’ve gone from a group of people having fun to what we feel is a slick, professional and entertaining band. We put everything into our performance every time. It went from having lyric sheets and sometimes standing like rabbits in headlights to everyone being relaxed, knowing exactly what they do every time and every member being a front person in their own right
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
New music for 2019 to make a name on the bigger scene and then hopefully onwards and upwards from there!
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
So many!! Royal Blood, Vintage Trouble, Black Stone Cherry, Bang Bang Romeo to name a small few!