Newcastle’s latest musical export Motel Carnation are back with their sophomore single “Westside”.
Though early on in their career, the supergroup - consisting of Alexander Soper, Conor McBride and Austin Tweddle (who have performed in Coquin Migale, Deep.Sleep and Scalesia respectively) - have mastered the art of penning addictive hooks that manage to carry the essence of indie rock stalwarts Foals and Blossoms.
“Westside” follows on from their tropical-tinged debut "Saul", and captures a melodic take on dark indie pop with the inebriating guitar groove piercing through Soper’s almost angelic vocal. Though the track has its pop avenues, its lyrical content delves deeper into the band’s experience in the local Newcastle scene and the music industry as a whole. “We took an honest and introspective look at our past experiences, addressing the idea of expectation vs reality within the industry and what it means to become 'That' band,” Soper explains. “We explored the notion that perhaps the grass isn’t always greener, but we wanted to celebrate the achievements of those around us as well as address the not-so-positive points when people often get caught up in it all.”