You might be under a rock if you’ve never heard of The Carps. Or in New York’s case, under water for the way the constant rain has the city looking like Atlantis. Up in Toronto though, the awesome twosome of Jamal Tongue (left), and Neil White (right) are taking their blend of r&b and punk rock to the top of the pops. Trust us, the Carps are the bridge between the two genres.
Now Canada has long been known for its huge Caribbean constituency, which obviously gravitates towards dancehall, and soca music. But with Jamal on drums, and Neil on bass guitar, the Carps channel those same festive vibes, aligning them with the adrenaline rush of punk rock, as seen on their latest song, “It’s Raining In The Projects, But It’s Sunny In Africa.” Still can’t wrap your head around their forward-thinking ethos? The likeness of Jamal’s voice is a true throwback to Terence Trent D’Arby (a.k.a. Sananda Maitreya), that is when he’s not belting out anti-establishment lyrics at ear-shattering volume. No word yet if “It’s Raining…” will be on the Carps’ next album, but between 2007 and 2008 the Carps released two EP’s The Young & Passionate Days of Carpedia Vol.2.1, and Wave & Shambles, plus racked up collaborations with indie-rap darlings Cool Kids, and electronica DJ/producers MSTRKRFT. Check out the new Carps banger below.