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Black Carrot Play the Criterion
Thu, Dec 23, 2010
Black Carrot and beer. Mmmm, nice. Black Carrot played The Criterion on 23rd December. For those of you who are familiar with either Black Carrot or the Critierion will realise that this hardly constitutes any news whatsoever, as Black Carrot are regular performers at the aforementioned pub.

'The Carrot' are Market Harborough's finest musical exponents and 'The Cri' serves Leciester's finest beverages, witnessed by several Camra Pub of the Year awards. 

I first saw The Carrot support The Fall at the Charlotte in 2006, and was immediately mesmerised by their music and performance.  Stew was standing playing a double bass, Olly was playing a range of instruments, some of which I hadn't seem before, and Tom keeping precise time behind. And then Stew started singing like a madman having a lucid moment, or a sane man who has just stepped over the line. I stood there grinning like an idiot. I thought they were fantastic. It is difficult to pigeon hole this group - this is their own stab from their webby. 

Black Carrot are a vibrant quintet who perform new-wave krautrock jazz madness that oozes rock with a psychotic edge. Fierce and abstract yet serving the concept of the song, their unique sound nods towards Beefheart and Pere Ubu but is shot through with flavours of New York jazz skronk, and the loosest, funkiest Krautrock. 

There you go that is as clear as canal water. I have included some photos, which frankly do neither the Cri nor the Carrot much in the way of favours... so have posted some from Summer Sundae 2010 when the looked a bit cooler. 

Black Carrot website link below, which contains all sorts of goodies including some free downloads (some are a little old now, however there is a great version of Bowie's Five Years. 


  • Jam session. Support act was snowed in.
  • Black Carrot at The Criterion.
  • Black Carrot at The Criterion.
  • Black Carrot at The Criterion.
  • Black Carrot at Summer Sundae 2010
  • Black Carrot at Summer Sundae 2010
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Jam session. Support act was snowed in.
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