Quartet are enjoying the ride

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Four Sheffield teenagers are promising a night to remember when they take to the stage for their biggest gig to date.

The Carousel have only played about a dozen gigs, but already have a single to their name and are preparing to launch their first EP.

The quartet – frontman Tom Williamson, guitarist Elliot Murray, bassist James Knight, all 16-year-old pupils at Sothall’s Westfield School, and drummer George Oxley – are launching Extra Pedestrians at the gig at The Rocking Chair in Sheffield city centre tomorrow.

The Carousel started about two years ago as the school friends - Beighton’s Brook House Junior School and Westfield together - decided to form a band.

George, aged 17, a music student at Rotherham College, says: “We knew we could all play an instrument. We just thought we might as well have a go.

“We played some covers, by people like Arctic Monkeys, then progressed to our own stuff.”

“We’ve got lots of gigs lined up, we’re really happy with how it’s going at the moment.”

The band have already performed at Sheffield’s 02 Academy, supporting Arctic Monkeys tribute act Antarctic Monkeys, and Plug, supporting Chesterfield indie-pop quartet Parka.

George says: “Plug was great, because it was pretty big and we’ve never played it before.”

And the young band, who are already beginning to make a name for themselves across the city, have several more gigs lined up.

They have their own headline gig at the 02 Academy on Saturday, April 25, as well as Mosborough Music Festival on Saturday, June 6.

However, first comes their first ‘proper headline’ gig, at The Rocking Chair, Furnival Gate, tomorrow.

George says: “It’s going to be great.”

Support comes from Abby Betts, an acoustic singer, also from Westfield School, and Barnsley singer-songwriter Danny Smart.

The band are also excited to launch their first EP at the gig, boasting four tracks, including first single What’s The Plan.

Frontman, guitarist and songwriter Tom says: “The first track is You’re Not Allowed To Say We’re Not Allowed. It reminds me of old punk, like The Clash, but it’s not punk. It’s quite dancey.

“The second track is Blue Route Service. Then it’s What’s The Plan, the single. People have said it’s quite like the Arctic Monkeys.

“The final track is The Changing Of The Mind. It’s like a darker Oasis.”

With songs inspired by life in the Steel City - such as Blue Route Service, named after the Supertram route which serves their home village of Beighton - the quartet admit comparisons to four other Sheffield teenagers who made it big are inevitable.

Tom says: “We’ve been trying to steer away from that.

“The Arctic Monkeys are an influence on us, definitely, but we don’t want to always be compared to them.”

And as for the future?

“The next step is carrying on playing gigs and getting as many people on to us as possible,” says George.

“Then the next step is getting a manager behind us, because we’re completely on our own.

“Hopefully get some more people to like us and get to know us a bit more.”

For Tom, the ambitions are a bit bigger.

“I’d love to play New Zealand,” he says.