Interview With Carter Sharp – Waves Of Fury
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to review the debut album ‘Thirst’ from Waves Of Fury. This album assailed the senses with a fresh new sound and was likened at the time to listening to Wilson Pickett and The Midnight Movers with Joe Strummer or Iggy Pop on vocals.
Yesterday I was able to catch up with Carter Sharp, lead vocalist and the creative spirit behind the band. Carter was in a relaxed mood despite a manic period that the band have been going through over the past couple of months. As well as ‘Thirst’ coming out in just a couple of weeks (see review for details) Waves Of Fury have a UK launch tour planned for November/December, a European tour in February/ March as well as a possible US tour later next year. When we get the dates we will publish these. On top of this the band are completing a couple of videos – the first shot in some railway tunnels under a station in Bath and the second in an equally dark and moody abandoned space in keeping with the dark dangerous feel of this band.
Musiceyz : “When did you and the band get together?”
Carter: ‘It was the early part of last year. I had already written a whole bunch of tracks (Carter later revealed that he had written over 30 tracks back in 2007 but had never put them together with a band) but needed a band and studio to get everything right. So, unlike most bands we started with the music before we came together.’
Musiceyz : “What inspires you in music?”
Carter: ‘For me it has to either be beautiful enough to make you cry, or make you want to dance . If it doesn’t do either of these then forget it. For Waves Of Fury its the second of these. Two things have really inspired the type of music we make – The Mary Chain and R&B Soul. When I was a kid I loved hearing music from the likes of Marvin Gaye with my favorite song being “I heard it through the grapevine” and messing around with this track and others in a recording studio I knew that I could bring back the sounds of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s in a fresh new way. I simply took the sound of R&B and mixed it with 40 years of gnarly guitar evolution. The result is what you hear in our album.’
Musiceyz : “How would you personally describe your unique sound?”
Carter : ‘The Mary Chain meets Motown’.
Musiceyz : “Any single track from another band really inspire you?”
Carter : ‘Sure is. The sound that Sonic Youth drove out when they did “I wanna be your dog” the Iggy and Stooges cover.’
Musiceyz : “So who would you liken your vocals to?”
Carter : ‘A fucked up impersonation of Wilson Pickett when he is really belting it out. The Clash were also a big influence.’
Musiceyz : “Loved the songs but any chance of the lyrics will be printed with the album?” ; )
Carter: ‘Sounds like a good idea. Need to check that one out for you.’
Musiceyz : “Your sound really hits the senses. Was this intended?”
Carter: ‘Yes – we had a limited budget to start with in the studio that a friend of mine had and we had to focus on only a couple of things. So we focused on distinctive vocals and creating an energetic sound. We used horns and rough gnarly guitar sounds ( a la Sonic Youth) to stop it being just R&B.’
Musiceyz : “So what will be most memorable about the group when we see you on stage?”
Carter: ‘You will definitely see lots of energy and fun coupled with a totally different take on R&B. You’ll also remember the dark, dangerous almost gothic influence that we have.’
Musiceyz : “Hobbies outside of music?”
Carter : ‘More music!’
Musiceyz : “When I reviewed ‘Thirst’ I likened it to eating ice cream and mushy peas. It shouldn’t work but it really does. What do you think of that meal?”
Carter: ‘I hate that shit!’
Cue the laughter and end of interview.
As soon as we get the gig list you will see it at Musiceyz.
Interview by Doug Duffin