Promoters are tipping four lads from Dundee to become one of this year’s breakthrough acts.
Fledgling outfit Carousel only got together in November 2016 but have already won rave reviews for their live shows.
They have made a massive impact on the Dundee music scene, but are also causing a stir across the UK.
The band, who all met at St John’s High School, have now received backing from promoters This Feeling after being named as one of their “Big in 2018” bands.
With the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen and Blossoms previously on the list, they’re in good company.
Their gigs have been described by music reviewer Jim Gellatly as “an explosive indie rock set suggesting big things ahead”.
The band is made up of original members, vocalist and guitarist Brad Kennedy, 26, and guitarist Paddy Brown, 24. New members Connor Wylie and Michael Colenaghan, both 24, are on bass and drums having joined the band in the past month.
Lead singer Brad told the Tele: “The band started in 2016 after I wrote a tune and phoned up my pal Paddy and asked him to play on it.
“We sat and had a jam and it made the song sound 10 times better so we decided then that we wanted to start a band and take our music further.
“We got a couple of other boys on board and within two weeks we knew we had something special going.
“I still think that we are a relatively new band especially compared to some of the others coming out of Dundee.”
After working solidly in the studio writing material and practising a set, Carousel were given their first gig supporting Fife band Sergeant at a sold out show in Fat Sam’s.
Brad said: “It was crazy being asked to support Sergeant.
“Not only was it a sold out show, but it was be our very first gig. What other bands played their first gig to a sell out crowd?”
Following a tour around Scotland, Carousel were recognised by promoter Mikey Jonns who runs This Feeling.
Mikey has been influential in the signing of a number of bands throughout the UK and can name brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher and members of Kasabian as friends.
Mikey said: “I saw them at TRNSMT last year and was blown away. The songs, the singer’s voice and energy the whole chemistry and swagger, it was brilliant.
“The tent was packed. I bet most people didn’t have a clue who Carousel were before they went on, but they did when they went off.”
Brad added: “We had heard about This Feeling and the man and the myth that is Mikey Jonns.
“We thought we didn’t have a shot with him but we got a message from our manager Alan to say Mikey wanted us to play a gig for him in Glasgow.
“After that gig, Mikey chose us to open up TRNSMT. We owe everything to Mikey — he has always backed us and proper believes in us. To be named as one of the ones to watch this year is just amazing.
“We truly believe if we play our cards right and with the backing of Mikey we can’t go wrong.”
Carousel will be touring across the UK with This Feeling over the next year. The band hopes to release a new EP in 2019.
Brad said: “We just want to say thank you to Mikey for believing in us and also our manager Alan Turner for everything he has done for us. We just want to play gigs and hear folk singing our songs back to us forever.”