Catching up with Inspiral Carpets

By Desh Kapur, Manchester Correspondent

Venue: The Tivoli Venue, Buckley, North Wales

Rock At Night had the pleasure of seeing the venerable modern rock band Inspiral Carpets at The Tivoli.  Inspiral Carpets helped Manchester become “Madchester” in the late ‘80s and early ’90 with its danceable, catchy melodies which featured vintage organs and plenty of retro sound.  Hit singles like  the recent “Spitfire” and  classic “You’re So Good to Me” were real crowd-pleasers.  Stay tuned for their next tour in the UK in November and December 2015.  Please read Rock at Night’s interview with guitarist Graham Lambert below:

Inspiral Carpets members: Craig Gill (Drums), Martyn Walsh (Bass), Graham Lambert (Guitar), Clint Boon (Organ & BVs), and Stephen Holt (Vocals).

graham lambert inspiral carpetsROCK AT NIGHT: How long has the band been together and how was the group formed?

Since 1985 I knew Stephen throw football and we had a similar taste in music.


ROCK AT NIGHT: What are your musical roots? What bands did you listen to growing up and who are your influences?

60s psychedelia and John Peel indie bands, there were our guiding lights.


ROCK AT NIGHT: Who does the songwriting and how would you describe your music? What message are you trying to get across, if any?

We all write, there is no message.


ROCK AT NIGHT: Do you have any upcoming tours planned? Have you ever played in the U.S.?

Shed Seven tour in December and yes we’ve toured the USA several times.


1ROCK AT NIGHT: Since I play music, I’m always interested in knowing about gear. Do you favor any kind of guitars, amps, or effects?

Vox amps and Gretsch guitars.


ROCK AT NIGHT: Who is an artist you have always wanted to see in concert but never had the opportunity?

I like to see Nick Cave as often as possible, the ultimate performer.


ROCK AT NIGHT: What is the best thing about being a musician?

It’s a great artistic release to make music.


inspiral carpets 5ROCK AT NIGHT: What is the worst thing?

Ultimately it’s an industry and you are a business


ROCK AT NIGHT: Is there anything you would want people out there to know about the band or its music?

Don’t always believe what you read, as David Brent says in The Office ‘sometimes the complaints may be false’.



“You’re So Good for Me”






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