Carcassette is not music to relax to. It doesn’t fall easily into any category since it cross-pollenates electronica with styles normally associated with ‘real’ instruments- rock, soul, funk- even country music. The aim is always to create something fresh and challenging to the listener, employing a writing technique which is closer to the linear approach of programmers than the traditional songwriting of the old school. The foundation is always bass-lines plus groove with little, if any, focus upon melodic appeal.
Musician Steve Aungle can’t sing so he speaks the lyrics down a radio mike (while drumming) against a back-drop of relentless noise and rhythm. Most of the ‘songs’ are written by him and alter ego Dr Neugal but three off the album ‘Milk from the Garage’ are co-written with producer Pascal Gabriel and one with guitarist Anth Brown (Electric Music/Boo Hooray). Lyrically the songs deal with a diversity of subjects, none of which one would normally expect: an interview with a great white shark, a Deep Purple fan with a mullet, a giant iceberg appearing on the equator, a fully-computerized car plus driver- they don’t do love songs, obviously. Or influences apparently. ‘We never listen to other people’s music- it takes up too much thought-space.’ Carcassette has remained mostly a studio project with the occasional foray into the live arena. The band is based in Berlin where, according to Steve Aungle, ‘no-one has any money so they expect you to play for peanuts- but they all have nice cars, drink beer and do drugs constantly so it doesn’t really compute.’ Carcassette are currently working on their second album ‘Side-Shade’ whose central theme is hair-cuts and cosmetic surgery.