Pop punk rockers, Carousel Kings, are making waves with their energetic live performances that deem them an instant force to be reckoned with. Whipping up a discography of lyrics abounding with heart, it’s no surprise that the Pennsylvania rockers have been going strong since 2009. In celebration of their eighth release, ‘Charm City’, I caught up with lead singer, David Alexander, to discuss his interest in sensory deprivation, the upcoming tour with Abandoned By Bears and Bad Case of Big Mouth, tattoos and more.
You guys are gearing up to hit the road with Abandoned By Bears and Bad Case of Big Mouth for the Charm Cities Tour. Have you all known each other as fellow musicians or is this the first time that you guys are going to be hitting the road together?
I met and became MySpace friends with the guys in ABB 5 or 6 years ago. We both have always listened to each other’s music but this will be the first time we will meet in person. We have played with bad case before- we’re stoked to get out there and shred up the coast with both bands:)
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
One of my favorites that I have is my left half sleeve of an eye with a DMT esque like God like face done by Wes Schulz out of Dreams Collide in Lancaster, PA.
Cookie Monster on my arm would be the tattoo that I would say best describes me – done by Sol Amstutz out of Dreams Collide.
My Star Wars fighter tattoo would be number 3 for me as far as top favorites – done by Justin Schmidt out of Dreams Collide.
I happened to stumble across your video pertaining to Sensory Deprivation and how it aids in the creative process. I don’t mean to personalize it, but I am an avid floater myself. Tell us about your first experience floating and your perception of floating overall.
The very first time I floated was about 2.5 years and was definitely the catalyst I needed to kickstart the unknown, or untapped potential that we all have. My first float was 60 minutes in a float room at East Coast Float Spa in West Chester, PA. It felt like pressing a reset button for my mind, and I felt “lighter”, more relaxed and clear minded afterwards. It got me hooked and now I float weekly, and regularly find myself trying to push my limits with how long I can stay in the tank, longest being back to back four hour floats overnight.
Tell us about the concept behind your recent release, ‘Charm City’.
Charm City is a personal paradise unique to each individual. Think Emerald City meets Neverland and Fantasia, a place where I found myself visualizing when I began floating …where all dreams are attainable and abundance is law and all things are possible. The idea is we all have the ability to imagine/visualize whatever we want, so why not imagine what you know would make you the happiest? By looking inward, all answers are attainable
What do fans of Carousel Kings have to look forward to in 2017?
Lots and lots of touring! US and International 🙂
Any fellow Victory Records labelmates that you’d like to give a shout-out to?
Abandoned by Bears, Broadside, Islander, Save The Lost Boys, High Hopes
Your lyrical content is quite vulnerable and lucid. Tell us about the songwriting process and what life experiences led you to this state of vulnerability.
The music usually gets written on guitar first with huge emphasis on structure. Songwriting I think is more about the “feel”, so it’s important to be able to be inspired by the riffs /tone of the guitar as much as the lyrics.
Most of the lyrical content came from “in the moment” thoughts from being inspired by the music while in the studio or from lines out of my thought/dream journal (where I reflect or write aimlessly with no real goal ). It’s kind of like having a graveyard of lyrics to sift through that all stem from my personal issues. I have definitely struggled with depression for some time , I watched my father pass away from cancer , had to leave the house I grew up in behind after he left everything in his will to my stepmother. I find the older I get the better I feel when can vent out my life through a song and I realized if I’m feeling uncomfortable by it then it’s probably making me grow in some way. Floating came into my life around the same time as all that stuff , and honestly really helped me turn a positive light on a dark time.
If you could sit under the table and listen to any two human beings have a conversation to derive inspiration, who would you choose and why?
Wim Hof and Edward Leedskalnin. Both people do/did things nobody can really explain. It’s inspiring to know we truly can do just about anything.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
We love you ❤