TO SAY The Cartels have been busy over the past 12 months would be a colossal understatement.
The Sheffield indie group have, in the space of just one year, struck a deal with a loyalties agency, signed up with a radio plugging company in London (which, the band hopes, will put them on to the likes of Zane Lowe on Radio One), have entered talks with a publishers, which is trying to put them onto programmes such as CSI and – in true rock and roll style – have experienced several issues with their manager.
And in the midst of all that, they’re releasing a two-track EP, which comes out next week. “It’s been really good actually,” says guitarist Oliver Day. “But in the thick of all that we realised that our EP was due for release so it’s been very hectic. It’s hard work being in a band and hard work when you’re not getting much out of it but we are signed up with a PRS agency who are making sure we get something everytime one of our songs is played.”
The band has already shifted the 200 hard copies of the EP, which is called the Club 60 Sessions: “We liked the fact it is what it says on the tin – it’s sort a live lounge session we did down at Club 60 Studios.” The EP’s songs include True Love Spreads, a song which Day succinctly describes as “being about exactly what it says – how true love spreads.” The EP is available as a digital download on all major music sites such as Itunes and Amazon.
l And as if the EP, the publishing contract, the radio plugging weren’t enough, The Cartels are also playing as part of the Tramlines festival, at the Leadmill on Saturday, July 23.