Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, Hatchet Dawn, Diamond Noir & KidCrusher.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Howard Von Noise, vocals and guitars.
Where are you from? Coffin Carousel began in Melbourne Australia…but a special part which I have come to call Ghoulbourne.
What year did the band form? 2012 as a concept but not properly until 2014 as a live performing band.
What's your style of genre? Rock / Doom Pop.
What inspires you? Exploring songwriting, creativity and music ideas which can translate to fun and engaging music videos, live shows and photo-shoots…and to be a positive original presence in today music world.
How have you developed since you started with the music? The band has become more refined with a more sonically focused sound thanks to our mixing engineer Grammy award winning Neil Kernon. Neil has helped grow the raw organic flavor the band which it started out with and has cleaned up the production a little while still maintaining a mixing result which still sounds like a modern rock band at full volume that’s balanced lighter, but still heavy so hopefully more music fans to enjoy the music itself and all the parts in each song.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Exercising, clean eating, drinking awesome coffee and helping friends and other artists/bands achieve goals with their projects.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes, it would be a massive help for me to have someone build on the bands shows and book tours for the band that knows what they are doing so I have more time to focus on being the artist/performer.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes, again I want to spread the carousel as far as possible and too as many people possible which is always a greater help and impact with people working behind the scenes to drive the bands business while I can focus more on being an artist.
What made you decide to make this music? It was more of a choice of expression. Putting all the music styles I liked most from all the bands I have discovered and enjoyed over the years. Making a Frankenstein sound by putting them all together to form the sound which is Coffin Carousel.
What are your songs about? I mostly reflect from a life experiences or circumstances that I have felt I have needed to delve deep to into and breakdown myself, which leads to a perspective point to bounce on from and build a theme or topic. I don’t write every song in a way everything is related, it might take a verse in a direction which differs from the chorus punch line and vice versa. The underlying message is strength, understanding, knowing, unity and evolving oneself and sharing. I write lyrics so they will be listened universally and in any life cycle you may be in.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? That would be myself Howard Von Noise.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Both really. I mainly write a song that musically sounds exiting and full of the energy, terror, frost and impact that makes me feel happy to call it a Coffin Carousel song. I have written some lyrics first as well, which may just pop in my head randomly to use later on for a song if I feel like it needs those ideas. I don’t overthink it really, I let it flow and throw in flavors amongst the song as it develops of other topics I want to sneak in and highlight from a global viewpoint and the reflection of society and humanity.
Do you compose in a certain environment? Yes, I have a small studio setup with a pro tools rig, lots of incense, candles and coffee.
Have you done any covers live? Yes, early on when the band hit the live scene we played some Marilyn Manson and Nirvana cover songs live. Currently live we bounce between the MISFITS song ‘Static Age’ and the RAMONES classic ‘I Wanna Be Sedated’ during our live set which both songs were recorded a released on the DOOM POP [EP].
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? Once I have the bands full length LP completed I am planning to travel internationally and grown the band overseas.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? When I released the FIEND [EP] I had a super awesome merch design done by an amazing artist who goes by the name CRYFACE. We have T-shirts, Girls T’s, Singlet’s and Baseball Shirts available through the bands website.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Usually enjoy an awesome coffee, do my vocal warm ups and talk a lot of silly stuff with band and laugh as much as possible.
Do you have any new material? Indeed, Neil Kernon is almost finished mixing a full length LP and it’s exciting to hear the songs all come to life. The songs will stand out original, true and unique which I am most happy about.
What are your web sites?
Website - www.coffincarousel.com
BandCamp - https://coffincarousel.bandcamp.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/coffincarousel/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/coffincarousel/
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/coffincarousel
Twitter – https://twitter.com/coffincarousel
How can people reach you? There is a CONTACT button at the bands website menu to reach us via email.
What are your plans for the future? Releasing the bands full length LP and tour, travel and grow the band promoting the LP release. I want this LP to carry the band for the next 2-3 years. I have spent the past 2 years building the Coffin Carousel house so it’s getting close to start having lots of house party’s! Releasing some more music videos with new Merch and touring will be the main future goal.
Do you have something to add? Keep it real and look after each other. Trade talent and collaborations as much as you can with artist you want to support and work with, it’s a lot of fun and pushes you to try new things.