By Sara Lambeth
Photos courtesy of Carpathia
Boston based alternative rock band Carpathia came together piece
by piece over the last three years. Their style of rock blends in
nostalgic nu metal, groovy guitars and beautiful vocals that are
packed full of punch. June 9th, 2019 Carpathia gave the world
a taste of what is to come with "1912." This four track EP features
the single, "Sacrifice," the band released as a lyric
video. Vocalist Samantha Alice gives us an inside look into
Carpathia and "1912."
DB: Congratulations on your EP "1912." How has the response been
to the release?
SA: Thank you. It seems like people are genuinely loving the EP.
We’ve been fortunate enough to have people sharing and talking about
it with others, which always helps.
DB: I am assuming your band name and EP title are related to the
Titanic. Is that correct and can you elaborate on the inspiration
SA: You’ve got it. Originally our bassist Andrew was researching
captains of ships' names. We knew we wanted to have some kind of
connection with ships, the ocean, any nautical theme, and he
stumbled across the RMS Carpathia.
DB: The song "Sacrifice" lyrically could be interpreted as one's
emotions struggling to survive or persevere in a side situation.
What was fueling the band's vision behind this song?
SA: "Sacrifice" was one of those songs that came together fairly
quickly, like it was meant to be written. I’d been in a pretty
shitty relationship at the time, and when I showed up to practice
that day, Andrew started playing that killer intro and it
legitimately felt like he was playing notes that my soul could feel
at the time. I’d never felt so low, or so depressed in my entire
life, and I could remember just pouring everything I had into that
song. It’s my baby.
DB: The first time I listened to "Sacrifice" I was not expecting
to hear guttural screams vocally. Going back, I can hear hints that
it is coming. Was this intentional to surprise listeners?
SA: I wouldn’t say to surprise listeners, though I’m sure it
always does. I never scream just to scream. There has to be an
intention, a reason for me to be provoked and I was certainly angry
enough and had thought that the listener should feel my rage and
frustration just as I’d had felt.
DB: What was the deciding factor to release "1912" as an EP
instead of full length album?
SA: To be honest, its an expensive and time worthy endeavor to be
in studio. Also, at the time we had finally found our sound and we
wanted to give people a snippet of what would come later down the
road. As we speak, we are in studio recording our second EP, and we
already can’t wait to show people what more we have for them.
DB: You have a show coming up with Puddle of Mudd. What else does
Carpathia have coming up that can be shared with us?
SA: Yes. We've played with Puddle of Mudd before, at the
Worcester Palladium and they are wonderful musicians and people so
we are stoked to have the chance to play with them again. After
that, we will be up in Massachusetts July 27th at Poor Richards in
Chicopee, and on Aug 16th we will be performing at Koto in Salem
Massachusetts . We are discussing our first tour for the fall,
although nothing is set in stone as of yet.
DB: Is there anything you would like to add?
SA: We would like to thank our friends, family and fans for their
continuous support and for those like yourself who are willing to
get to know us and have a genuine love for new bands music. We are
looking toward the future.