Risk It All and make a festive date with Carpe at Christmas

Carpe: Richard French, Rachel Parsons, Ash Murphy, Graham Wynn, Jon Moore and David Walker.
Carpe: Richard French, Rachel Parsons, Ash Murphy, Graham Wynn, Jon Moore and David Walker.

Scrap the office party and come to the Carpe party!

As we enter “silly season”, that’s the message from Carpe drummer Rachel Parsons, who, with the rest of the band, is getting geared up for the fourth annual Carpe Christmas Party at the Yorkshire House on December 23.

Arguably Lancaster’s finest purveyors of fresh funk peppered with Graham Wynn’s dubby basslines, Jon Moore’s funky guitar rhythms and cliffhanger percussion solos from Rachel Parsons and David Walker – all pinned together by the pincer movement rap and blues vocals of Ash Murphy and Richard French – Carpe certainly know how to start a party.

Since the release of their debut album Risk It All in 2012, the band have been gigging, but they’re now taking some time out to record new material and a new EP is due out early next year.

Like the album, it will be mastered and mixed by friend of the band Matt Middleton, now based in Paris. I caught up with Carpe at their spiritual home - More Music in Morecambe - to find out more.

“It’s become a tradition”, Rachel said. “It will be our fourth Carpe Christmas Party and it’s going to be a good one”.

Jon said that as the band’s style has evolved, it’s become easier to create new material.

David said: “I’m looking forward to the second album, and it will sound a lot closer to how we do things live.

“There’s a lot more energy in the new stuff but there’s a few songs that have been in the set for a while and we’ll be recording those.”

Concepts and ideas for the music mainly come from Ash and Frenchy, before individual band members add their own edge to it, creating a genre defying sound that is all their own.

Ash added: “A riff or a chorus will come from someone, and I’ll be given a topic and I’ll work with that. The sole thing that makes us who we are is the mix of things.”

Support on the night comes from Templebys, The Karma Party, Hairpiece Suite, and Carmen and the Devil.