The Carnations story was one of interest. It all started in 1995, when Steve Krecklo taught Thomas D’Arcy to play the bass guitar and within months the first Carnations line-up was formed. By 1996, they were in the studio, Nathan Rekker was added to the line-up, and the debut mini-album, Superluminal, was released in 1997. When the album was recorded, D’Arcy was sixteen years old, and Krecklo seventeen.
In 1998, the band released a split seven inch single on Sycamore Records in Barrie, Ontario. The single was named one of the top ten of the year by NOW Magazine. At the time, reviewers compared the band to the likes of Supergrass or The Buzzcocks. When A Return To Melody, a second mini-album, was released in 1999 the drummer had his thumb severed by a band-saw while working in a factory job. Needless to say, the band was forced into hiatus.
Post-accident, The Carnations began to play more shows in the Ontario area, developing a reputation on the road. They were once banned from a club in Oshawa after D’Arcy performed an encore nude, and at another show - this time in Windsor - they ended up jumping on the roof of the van and going to the casino to gamble away all of their pay on one spin of roulette. Some money was saved though, and gigs such as these helped to fund the first recordings of The Carnations’ latest EP, which was produced by Ian Blurton (producer of The Weakerthans). A small deal with a UK label called Alphabetty Records saw the release of a single called 'Scream & Yell'. Record Collector magazine called it single of the month, and the entire limited run sold out.
In the meantime, members of the band worked hard at a few other high profile gigs. Drummer Ian LeFeuvre kept his day job with Starling, D’Arcy joined All Systems Go! (Bad Taste Records), sharing singing and song writing responsibilities with John Kastner (ex-Doughboys), and Krecklo became a member of Andy Stochansky’s band (RCA Records).
The next six months saw the Carnations finishing the songs on the Carnations EP. One song, 'Sundays', was released as the lead off single on the Grenadine Records compilation 'Syrup and Gasoline'', featuring up and coming Canadian acts such as The Dears. The EP was completed a few months later and was released on Toronto’s Ductape Records in 2003.
The band went on to feature heavily on Canadian college radio and finally released a full album, In Good Time, at the end of 2003 on Ductape/Universal.
Sadly, The Carnations went their seperate ways in 2004.