Simon Tong is currently busy with new band Erland And the Carnival
Tong – who is currently gearing up to release an album with new band Erland And The Carnival – was joined by Blur‘s Damon Albarn, The Clash‘s Paul Simonon and drummer Tony Allen in The Good, The Bad & The Queen when they released their 2007 debut album.
Speaking to NME.COM about the band, Tong said: “It definitely feels like there’s another album in there somewhere.” However, he added that new material from The Good, The Bad & The Queen “might be a completely different” to their debut. “It’s just finding the right angle,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Tong‘s new band Erland And The Carnival will release their self-titled debut album on January 25. Featuring Orkney-born folk guitarist/singer Gawain Erland Cooper and drummer/engineer David Nock, Tong explained that the band first started working together 18 months ago after a chance meeting in west London.
“I met Erland a couple of years ago – a mate used to put on a folk night called What The Folk on Portobello Road, and he turned up to play a few tracks and we just started chatting,” he explained. “After a while we both realised we were big fans of this guy – Jackson C Frank – which was a complete coincidence. And we both really loved this song of his called ‘My Name Is Carnival’ [which the band have covered on their album], which is eventually where the name came from.”
After spending a year developing their style from a traditional folk sound to something “more heavy and dark”, Tong explained that the band began recording the album at Londons Studio 13 (which is owned by Albarn).
“A lot of the songs on the album are reworkings of old British songs actually, but because they’re 400 years old or whatever, you can’t really credit them,” he said of the album.
Erland And The Carnival are due to support Wild Beasts on their UK tour this March.
The band play the following live dates:
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (February 16)
Manchester Deaf Insitute (17)
London Old Blue Last (18)
Birmingham The Glee Club (19)
Bristol Start The Bus (20)