Formed in 2000, Black Carrot released their first album Cluk in 2003 on their own Moon City Musik label to great reviews, culminating in a feature on BBC Radio 3’s “Mixing It”.
The original line-up of Oliver Betts (woodwinds, keys, vocals), Stewart Brackley (vocals, electric/double bass) and Tom Betts (drums) was augmented in 2006 with the addition of Euan Rodger on clattering, daring percussion and live samples. More recently Olly Warren’s fuzzed guitar scratch has widened the scope still further.
They have supported Faust, The Fall, Polar Bear, Damo Suzuki, Evan Parker, The Blessing, Chris Corsano, Kling Klang, Das Pop and played a number of festival dates festivals, including The Big Session in Leicester, Drop Beats Not Bombs in Birmingham and Faust’s Avant Garde Festival in Schiphorst Germany.
Black Carrot have recorded and performed a selection of improvised stories with Nigel Parkin. They include Essays in Mutilation and Despair: An Improvised Take on Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, Hansel and Gretal and a completely improvised composition: The Mariner’s Rest. These are all available on CDR from www.blackcarrot.net.
They released their third album Milking Scarabs for Dough in 2010. Anti/Type’s [extended] video for the single Blackmail is right below.