Careless Sons do loud, foot-stomping
guitar songs with sweeping pop melodies played with reckless abandon.
Heartbreak Major is the first release from the London pop n rollers on R*E*P*E*A*T Records, out on 12-inch vinyl and download from 27 May 2016.
Fast forward a decade. Dickon meets singer/guitarist Rob DAth and bass player Ben Donnelly (childhood allies with a somewhat unhealthy teenage crush on The Beatles, Queen and Bruce Springsteen) at a university poker night. In the penniless aftermath, Careless Sons was forged. The boys write about love, loss, regret and redemption, with tunes that are at once ear-grapplingly melodic, aggressively forthright and yet hopelessly sentimental. Having toured their refreshingly charming brand of literate pop rock across the UK over the past two years, supporting To Kill A King, CHILDCARE and gaining BBC radio play.
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Careless Sons who, what and why?
Dickon, Ben, Rob co-conspirators in the quest for the illusive out, the UKs foremost indie rock statisticians, founders of the Careless Sons support group for former teen punks in admin roles. Why? Whats the alternative? Give us a reason, a shot at the morning and well borrow the fare.
Who are your heroes, musical, cultural, sporting, political, other?
Wed sell our toes for dinner with the Boss and a slice of his lasagne. Emily Bronte, Alan Shearer, Stewart Lee and Frank Underwood are all invited.
Describe your sound to a deaf alien.
Like nothing youve ever heard before.
You are just about to release your debut ep as a 12 vinyl. What attracted you to this somewhat unusual format?
As Dickon is the only person on the planet that still owns and uses a minidisc player; that was out. Vinyl is having a renaissance for a reason. It is everything that digital media isnt; seductive, intimate and immobile, an antidote to modern living.
Do you have any favourite 12 singles / eps / vinyl singles
The 12 New Art Riot EP is a thing of sheer beauty.
What is the Careless Sons live experience like?
Imagine Han Solo playing Jenga with Henry the Hoover . nothing like that but equally mesmerising and unpredictable.
Why is Betty so careless?
Its a lack of consideration for consequence. Everyone is susceptible to moments of weakness, especially when they are experiencing some sort of seasonal apathy or dissociation from their own existence. Its not just Betty either. Everyone is guilty now and then of not taking responsibility for themselves.
I am writing this in a chilly skate park in Northamptonshire. What are the most unusual places you have gigged and / or what unusual place would you like to perform?
We played a show at an ice rink in Westfield shopping centre Stratford, in the run up to Christmas 2014. It was all through the PA, no amps, and sounded dreadful. As we cringed our way through three songs, toddlers would periodically wipe out in front of us, gleefully followed by their parents. It was utterly bizarre and hideously uncomfortable so we pulled the plug sharpish and ran away. We havent spoken of it until now.
Has the advent of the internet made it easier or harder for you to get yourself heard?
Easier in many respects, but it often feels like everyone is screaming at once. That said, having struggled in bands for years before the rise of Twitter etc, when it was nigh on impossible to get anyone other than your mates down to a gig, we now play in front of a growing crowd of complete strangers and that is solely down to social media. We grew up with the fanciful notion that one day a fat cat label exec would pop along to the Fist and Fiddle in Narnia on a Wednesday night, give us 100 grand and get us on Top of the Pops the following Friday. The romance has been stripped out of music to such an extent that it is no surprise the vast majority of bands around today sound, look and act, grey. It now feels like a career with the sole objective being to please everyone in the hope that theyll give you a notional like. It grates to be honest.
How do you think you stand out amongst the plethora of indie rock bands?
People are crying out for a band that subscribes passionately to its own myth, a band to quit their job for, a band that their cretinous mates dont get, that articulates everything they have ever felt yet failed to express. And thats what we want as well, but it turns out a job is only worth doing if you do it yourself.
What dont you want me to make you do again?
Perform at Westfield shopping centre see our somewhat prophetic early B side I Go to Pieces in Shopping Centres.
If you could support any band (past / present), who would it be and why?
Wed loved to have supported Queen at one of their smaller early gigs just to see first-hand if that power was always destined to lead to arenas. And to get Freddie to teach us to sing like Aretha Franklin.
How can our readers get hold of your music? Why should they bother?
You can check us out at www.carelesssons.com, or on Twitter, Facebook, SoundCloud, YouTube, Mums Net, WikiLeaks, blah blah blah. Why? Because there is fuck, fuck, fuck all else to do.
What's best, chips or cream buns?
Chips by a mile, with curry sauce and speeding fines on the side.
You can listen to and order Careless Sons' new ep, Heartbreak Major, here.