SINGLE REVIEW: The Blue Carpet Band – Ain’t Got No Damn Rock ‘N’ Roll/Back In The Trash (Bomber Music)

The Blue Carpet Band are a sleazy garage-rock five-piece from London who it has been my pleasure to catch live a couple of times in the last 18 months.

The first was at Rebellion in Blackpool in 2018, when I chanced upon them on the Pavilion stage and was enthralled by frontman Djamel Abina, who ended up writhing around stripped to the waist, even though it was the first day of the festival and just gone lunchtime.

The second was in April this year, at the Black Bull in Gateshead, by which time they had a new bass player, Beth, who seemed to be the final piece in the jigsaw as they put on an even better performance, absolutely blistering.

I left that gig with a copy of their debut album, Rock ‘N’ Roll Carpet (check it out on their Bandcamp page here), and although it’s an enjoyable listen, it didn’t come close to capturing the raw excitement of the band I’d just watched.

The Blue Carpet Band at the Black Bull in Gateshead in April 2019. Pic: Gary Welford.

All that appears to have been rectified with this new release, two new tracks on a 7in single released by Bomber Music, which sound much closer to their electrifying live sound.

Ain’t Got No Damn Rock ‘N’ Roll is a straight-up rollicking 50s-style rocker, which bemoans the lack of decent music in a new girlfriend’s record collection.

“Well baby, we got a problem here/I’ve been going through your record collection/I don’t find no Gene Vincent, no Carl Perkins,  no Ritchie Valens, and not even Elvis Presley … you ain’t even got any funk or soul!”

The Blue Carpet Band single is limited to 500 copies.

Back In the Trash has a tougher sound, reminding me more of ‘70s American bands like Dead Boys (whose Sonic Reducer they cover live), and for me it’s one of the best songs they’ve written so far.

The Blue Carpet Band say they’re on a mission to bring back good real music to the boring mainstream. On this evidence I’d say they’re well on their way.

They won Vive le Rock magazine’s ‘best new blood’ award for 2019. They’re booked to play Rebellion again in 2020, but don’t wait until then – get out and see them as soon as you can – you won’t regret it.

Gary Welford owner