Hailing from the West Australian town of Esperance, four-piece band Carpark Social know what it means to live on the state’s edge. Isolated and with a small population, Esperance musicians find themselves thrown into an interesting cauldron of musical ambition, the result being original bands with an eclectic blend of individual influences. Carpark Social is no doubt one of these bands.
So what’s in a name? You wouldn’t be mistaken in thinking that an element of the band’s sound is drawn from those hazy summer afternoons, a cheeky beverage with the lads by the beach, as the waves pass by. Maybe it’s a laid-back attitude coupled with gritty song writing that captures the band’s classic blues rock sound. You know the one, the sound that swims through the cracks and gravel of driveways and carparks throughout regional WA.
So who are the players? Carpark Social is fronted up by Dan Seinor – a quality songwriter with the voice and guitar chops to match; Paul Ricciardo – your man of many talents, either playing lead guitar or saving your life in the ER; Jon Carlson on drums – if he can’t talk you into loving Carpark Social nobody can; and Scott White wrangling bass lines for days. Carpark Social’s sound is unassuming, ridiculously honest and full of life, which is a direct reflection of the quality of the band’s members. If you’re renowned for getting down to a classic rock and roll sound, make sure to check them out.
Esperance – Western Australia, Australia
Paul Ricciardo – guitar
Dan Seinor – vocals, guitar
Scott White – bass guitar
Jon Carlson – drums