NEW MUSIC: The Carps – Bo Jackson / Kelly Gruber [Digital 45]
by Winston "Stone" Ford
If you know anything about The Couch Sessions, then you know that we’ve been long time supporters of The Carps. The sheer, raw, simplicity of the the setup–drums and bass–and the soulfulness of lead singer Jahmal Tonge’s voice most certainly set them apart from anything you’ve heard so far.
Unfortunately, like the Fat Boys, The Carps broke up last year, to the dismay of many. Bass player Neil went to Oxford to pursue his PhD, while Jahmal worked with such artists as MSTRKRFT and Thunderheist playing drums on tour, eventually settling down up Brooklyn. Thankfully, however, the Carps got back together to record new music, and the result is this “Digital 45″ with the songs “Bo Jackson” and “Kelly Gruber.” Both don’t derive from the the bands simple “drums, bass, and soul” forumla, yet both add something new to the equation.
Unfortunately it seems this may or may not be a sign of the future. As Jahmal says, “We almost made a living off music for a second. This is our swan song, our knee surgery, our post Cadillac-golf club tabloid moment.”