CARLA J. EASTON
Carla J. Easton is the indomitable Princess of DIY Pop with a Post-Punk Ethos, fast emerging as one of Scotland's significant voices and prolific writers from Glasgow’s rich musical landscape.
Wondrous, synth-soaked and uncompromising symphonic pop, Easton started out writing in the now cult-like MySpace-kids FUTURISTIC RETRO CHAMPIONS before founding the Spector-esque Wunderkind Girl-Group TEENCANTEEN. A productive 2016 saw the release of 2 critically acclaimed albums – TeenCanteen's 'SAY IT ALL WITH A KISS' (Longlisted for the Scottish Album of The Year 2017) and her debut solo album 'HOMEMADE LEMONADE' released under the alias ETTE (Bandcamp's #4 Album of 2016). Championed by BBC6Music's Marc Riley, Easton has performed across many key festivals and showcases both in the UK and Internationally – The Great Escape, Kendal Calling, Xpo North, Festival No. 6, Indietracks, Wickerman, T in The Park, Electric Fields, POP! Montreal (Canada) and Indiefjord (Norway).
Building a New Wall of Sound that fuses analog synths, anthemic brass and strings with dynamic drums, 2017 saw Easton working with producer HOWARD BILERMAN (ARCADE FIRE/ LEONARD COHEN/ GOD SPEED YOU/ BRITISH SEA POWER) to record her sophomore solo album IMPOSSIBLE STUFF at Hotel2Tango, Montreal, Canada. A development of songwriting, this collection of songs sits in a timeless dreamlike state, seductively introspective with outstanding pop melodies at their core.
IMPOSSIBLE STUFF features THE GUARDIAN TRACK OF THE WEEK 'orchestral blowout' single 'DREAMERS ON THE RUN', the RECORD OF THE DAY 'gorgeous' synth blip 'LIGHTS IN THE DARK' and the 'bubblegum with razorblades' BBC RADIO SCOTLAND SINGLE OF THE WEEK brass swagger 'WANTING WHAT I CAN'T HAVE'. The album was promoted with 2 live UK tours in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Brighton, Leeds and Newcastle.
2018 also saw the release of BEST FRIEND on the BELLE & SEBASTIAN'HOW TO SOLVE OUR HUMAN PROBLEMS EP (PART 3)' (Matador Records) which Easton sings lead vocals on and co-wrote with Stuart Murdoch. Carla has also written for BMX BANDITS, collaborated with THE SCOTTISH OPERA for BBC Arts and has recently joined legendary Scottish band THE VASELINES for current live dates.