Carrington - Sound In The Signals Interview

I recently had the opportunity to interview Emmett of Carrington. We discussed the band’s newest single, “Reverse”, writing and recording during the pandemic, lyrical inspiration, and more. Check it out below.

First, thanks for the interview.

Thanks for having us, we are stoked to have this chat!

You released your newest single “Reverse” in September. Can you tell me about the writing and recording process for the song?

It’s been a weird year, for multiple reasons the least of which being the whole pandemic! Where we are based, Western Australia, the state government enforced some relatively severe temporary movement restrictions to control the spread Covid from the capital city into the regional areas. So essentially what that meant was that; Chris, Mason and Jordan were in Perth and I was stuck 2 hours away so we couldn’t really go through the normal formalities for song writing. 

I wrote the ideas instrumentally and sent them through for feedback/additions/revisions and then when we were in a place where we happy we moved to tracking the song. It was definitely the longest period of time we’ve spent exclusively on writing a song, but we really wanted to step up our game and make it our best work. 

As far as recording, we do everything ‘in house’. So when restrictions were lifted we jumped and got drums tracked along with anything we needed an external studio for. The vocals and other percussion etc were recorded in my home studio!” - Emmett

I really like the somber opening of the song and the way it leads you into the heavy guitar. How did you come up with that?

Everything for us during the song writing process is a matter of making a song that’s impactful and dynamic. If we get those things, it feels good and exciting to us so naturally it guides our song structures. 

The whole idea of the intro was built around an old Beatles recording technique of ‘Backmasking’. Which back in those days was running audio backwards into a tape machine so it audibly reverses. There’s some other tricks that go into that, but that’s the basis of how the ideas for that part started!

Can you tell me about the lyrical inspirations for the song?

The lyrics were my reflection on the emotional difficulty of the isolation, restriction and fears that came with Covid. It’s been really worrying to see notable increases in domestic violence as people were limited to their homes. So lyrically it’s a combination of experiences and observation.

I really like your ‘Into Graphite’ EP. The artwork for that EP is really interesting. Who came up with the concept and designed that artwork? What is the meaning behind it?

Thanks very much!
The artwork was all conceptualised by a friend and local artist. Her name is Theresa Tedeschi, she listened to the EP and just basically hit it out of the park on the first send to us. We were stoked on how it looked, and her work!

Your band has had some placements on prominent Spotify playlists. How important is it for your band to be featured on those?

It is everything. Absolutely everything now even more so than ever. For an up and coming band discovery is basically everything, and Spotify is one of the few ‘tools’ that are purely music focused that you can be discovered through.

Without touring/shows, it’s hard to expand your audience. We are extremely thankful to the editors who have given us a spin on those playlists, as well as the other unknown artists!

Do you notice a big impact in gaining new listeners from being on those playlists?

Definitely. It was a massive increase in our discoverability and has resulted in us gaining many fans nationally and overseas!

What’s coming up for the band in 2021. Is there any chance we’ll hear more new music soon? Do you have any plans for a new EP or album?

2021 will depend a lot on factors out of our control, BUT we are working on new music. Without giving too much away we will have plenty to offer in 2021!

Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions. Do you have anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for having us, and thanks to anyone who checks out our music! If you vibe on what we do, we are eternally grateful!

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