The Carps

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The Carps
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Rock
Years active 2005 (2005)–present
Labels URBNET Records
Website Official website
Members Jahmal Tonge
Neil White

The Carps are a Canadian rock music duo consisting of bassist Neil White and drummer Jahmal Tonge. They are signed to Toronto-based URBNET Records.


The band began its career in Scarborough, a borough of the city of Toronto, in 2005.

In addition to touring Europe and North America, The Carps have played with The Cool Kids, MIA, Holy Fuck, The Hives and Lupe Fiasco.

Singer Jahmal Tonge is featured on the MSTRKRFT album Fist Of God On both songs "Breakaway" and "So Deep".

The Carps will also be featured in the forthcoming Grand Theft Auto video game series. With two songs from the Waves & Shambles EP featured in the game.

The Carps have released two EPs to critical acclaim,[1][2] and have been applauded for their ability to weave genres of all types into a seamless and cohesive sound.[3]

In March 2007, The Young & Passionate Days of Carpedia vol 2.1 was released under URBNET Records. This was followed by the release of Waves & Shambles in April 2008, containing the featured track “Veronica Belmont” which was named after a well-known San Francisco-based tech journalist.[4] The album also included an appearance by The Cool Kids on the “Heaven's Gates & Hell’s Flames” remix (produced by drummer Jahmal Tonge).

The Carps are currently working on their debut full-length album.


(All Music Guide) Rarely photographed without multi-colored leather hi tops, turquoise or pink T-shirts, and skinny jeans, the two members of the Carps wear their hipster cred on their sleeves while making a full and unique blend of R&B and stripped-down indie rock—as a two-piece, no less. Neil White became friends with Jahmal Tonge at church at a young age in Toronto, and the two started creating music as a free-spirited pastime to fill the hours between skateboarding and golfing of all things.

Melding influences from the opposite ends of the musical spectrum (Tonge grew up on Motown while White listened to psychedelic rock and punk), the duo started jamming and playing clubs around the city. With a soulful Terence Trent D'Arby-esque voice, Tonge took to the drum stool vocalizing about urban strife and the debauchery of hipsters, while White added to the meat of the sound with dirty, distorted bass tones.

After shows in the Toronto clubs resulted in unenthused audiences, the two decided to take it to the States and organized a small tour to Philadelphia and New York City. The shows in the U.S. were a different story, where the indie crowds welcomed them with open arms, and soon after, the two were invited to join the roster of Urbnet Records. In 2007, their anticipated EP, The Young and Passionate Days of Carpedia, was released. ~ Jason Lymangrover, All Music Guide



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