Black Carrot

Black Carrot

Alternative rock and fusion band from Market Harborough, Leicestershire, UK. Black Carrot were formed in 2000 as the trio of Betts brothers: Oliver (multi-instrumentalist) and Tom (drums), with Stewart Brackley (bass and vocals, known from other projects like Songs Of Norway), who remained constant throughout their 10+ years history, fleshed-out to a quintet with the addition of Euan Rodger (percussion/electronics) and Ollie Warren (guitar).
Black Carrot self-described their music as Krautjazz/Rock/Folk and were a hybrid of those elements and more with a music that bridged satirical pop rewrites through to freeform improv avant-garde. The band also led a dual life, with other conceptual projects involving storyteller Nigel Parkin.
Since the band split members went on to the following projects: The Bat Niven, Fangtrouser and Scaley Fuego.


Black Carrot Discography


MCITYM02 Black Carrot "Cluk"(CD, Album) Moon City Musik MCITYM02 UK 2005 Sell This Version
MCITYM03 Black Carrot Essays In Mutilation And Despair(CDr, Album) Moon City Musik MCITYM03 UK 2005 Sell This Version
Black Carrot Hansel And Gretal (Album) Moon City Musik UK 2006 Sell This Version
MCITYM04 Black Carrot The Mariner's Rest(CDr, Album) Moon City Musik MCITYM04 UK 2006 Sell This Version
MCITYM09 Black Carrot Metamorphosis(CDr, Album) Moon City Musik MCITYM09 UK 2007 Sell This Version
none Aurelie + Black Carrot Aurelie + Black Carrot - Live Improvisation At The KLA(CDr, Album) Not On Label (Aurelie Self-Released) none UK 2007 Sell This Version
Black Carrot Drink The Black Forest (Album) Tin Angel Records, Moon City Musik UK 2007 Sell This Version
Black Carrot Milking Scarabs For Dough (Album) Tin Angel Records UK 2010 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Black Carrot The One That Got Away(CD, Single) Tin Angel Records none UK 2010 Sell This Version


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March 13, 2015
A great piece of local history...
A Market Harborough band (interconnected with many a Leicester act) Black Carrot first came to our attention in autumn 2004. Possibly the worst of all venues I've ever been to, The Attic was hosting some sort of rave party upstairs, Black Carrot still managed to kick up enough of a raucous sound to drown much of it out, and really made an impression. Black Carrot then consisted of the Betts brothers: Oliver "Olly" (bass recorder, sax, keyboards, guitar, vocals, etc.) and Tom (drums, percussion), along with Stewart Brackley (basses, vocals). Stewart we'd known a long while, yet his vocal talents came as a big surprise. Unclassifiable and impossible to pigeonhole, they've pretty much taken over the mantle from Volcano The Bear as the most exciting "avant rock" band around. One part new-wave meets RIO jazz-folk, one part punk jazz psychedelia, fused into their very own innovation. A distinctive factor in the Black Carrot sound is Stewart's vocals. The popular quote is David Thomas from Pere Ubu, yet that's only a clue, as Stu is far more outrageous and eccentric. Their debut album CLUK (Moon City Music MCITYM02) came out in 2005 and surprising from beginning to end. Nothing can really prepare you for it! There are many facets to Black Carrot, and for a while there was the collaborative project with improvising voice actor Nick Parkin and a number of concept releases based around the works of Edgar Allen Poe, Kafka and others. Over the years since the band has expanded to a quintet, first with the addition of Euan Rodger (drums, percussion, live electronics) and then Oliie Warren (guitar) fleshing out the sound even more. DRINK THE BLACK FOREST (Tin Angel Records TAR009) came out in 2008 from the 4 piece version of the band, with material that we'd heard at many gigs by the quintet version, amounting to a more cohesive yet just as innovative collection as the debut. On Sunday 12th April 2009 Black Carrot proved that in no way were they getting into a rut, astounding the audience at The Musician with one of the most outrageously eccentric and entertaining gigs I've seen in years!

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