Carved Lies carving out a career in America

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MACKEM musicians are proving so popular across the pond that their fans have asked them to relocate.

Carved Lies only released their first album, Straight Jacket Funhouse, at the end of last month, but it’s making waves.

The two-piece band is made up of David I’Anson, from Seaham, on guitars, vocals, and synth, and Dave Jameson, from Sunderland, on bass and synth.

Dave, who describes the band’s sound as industrial/electronic/experimental/alternative rock, said: “After the release we have had many compliments about our sound and how unique and different it is.

“We then got heard by an American radio station in Baltimore (Metal Tavern) to which we were asked if two of our songs could be played on a rotation. Within an hour on that day our debut album was downloaded over 100 times on our home selling site,

“By the end of that week, we had around 1,000 listens to our music on bandcamp alone. We were then reviewed by three different sites including; Metal Tavern, Root Sounds, and WithGuitars to which we got very good reviews.”

He added: “Fans from the States keep asking us to relocate!” All the band’s sounds are created by the pair with production done at David’s home studio.

Tomorrow the band will also find out if they’ve scooped their first award after being short-listed in the Unsigned Act award at the Sun FM Style Awards.

* The duo will feature in an alternative rock night taking place at Lakeside Club in Sunderland on March 30, alongside One Man Revival, The Pursuit and Built Like A Gun. Entry is £5.

* To listen to the band’s music visit or