Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Based out of the Norwegian mountain community Auma, comes the grungy alt-pop duo Ask Carol. Ask Carol is a high energy power-duo with a big sound. Multitasking is their middle name. Two guitars, drums, a synth, a drum machine and an unique splitting system for Carol’s guitar, makes this two-piece sound like a full band. Their sound can be fierce and mean, then suddenly turn soft and comforting.

Their sound could make you think of artists like the Kills, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a Nordic, melancholic twist. Ask Carol has toured in the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Scandinavia, SXSW two times and more, and supported The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Their first EP was released on Grappa Musikkforlag. The band now put out their music on ChoVan Records, their own Indie Label. Given the special circumstances, tours and concerts are postponed. They have a concert scheduled for September 4th in Oslo. This year they will be focusing on new singles, and an upcoming album slated for Fall 2021.

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

Quick Questions With Ask Carol

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Ask: I remember reading the biography of The Clash, about when they started out in London, and it really inspired me, so I picked up my mum’s old guitar and started making a little sound. That was where it all started, and it snowballed from there on, and well, now we’re here.

Carol: I’ve been surrounded by music since before birth. My dad put headphones on mum’s belly when she was pregnant. Haha. But my first memory was/is probably of my dad playing “The Stones” or Deep Purple and my mum ABBA or something on vinyl records. I’ve been super interested in music since I was small, but when I saw the movie “Sister act 2” with Lauryn Hill (when I was maybe seven), I knew I wanted to sing, but it took me almost twenty years to actually do it. I fell in love with the sound and the looks of the guitar about the same time, but that was also a long process. I bought my first guitar when I was 15, super inspired by the grunge era. You can say I’m I late bloomer. Haha.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?

That must be the guitar. The guitar is the most important thing for both of us.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far?

Ever since Spotify and stream took over, our music listening habits changed. We really don’t follow artists the way we did before. Also, we have been so busy with making our own thing work during the covid situation, that there has been very little time to check out new stuff. These might not necessarily be our favourite albums, but som great albums from this spring are Royal Blood’s «Typhoons», the new Black Keys album «Delta Kream», «Blue Weekend» from Wolf Alice, just to mention a few. There are many more great ones out there, they ofte just drown in the sheer amount of new releases coming out.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Oh, that’s a tricky one. One guitarist we really love is Jimi Hendrix, and it would be awesome to get a lesson for him. His style is unique, and seeing what he does, how he does, and his philosophy on creating guitar parts, that would be super interesting.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player?

Just do it! If you sit around doing nothing, nothing will ever happen.

We are currently working on our debut album. It will be released this Fall, with a few singles first, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, you can check out the new music video for our latest single, Darkest Hour

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