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Carroll mixes the melancholic and the smooth in saxophone-filled track, “Velvet”

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist
Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

Minneapolis-turned-Philly dwellers Carroll caught our attention last year with their sparkly psych rock vibes in As Far as Sounds Go. Then, back in December, a Shaking Through session hinted at a more somber forthcoming musical route. Now, we’re seeing elements of this melancholic turn come to fruition in Carrol’s new track, “Velvet.”

This slowed-down song swims through hazy, lush textures tinged in gloominess. But at the same time, it’s smooth as heck. A sad kind of sauciness that’s aided by some amazing sax stylings. Continue reading →

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Watch Carroll top off their “blue period” with the tranquil “Private Moon” on the latest Shaking Through

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Miner Street Recordings’ music production web series Shaking Through welcomed the Philly-by-way-of-Minneapolis psych-rockers of Carroll to its most recent episode. In a way, it was a welcome home for the group since their 2014 single “Bad Water” was recorded with Miner Street’s Jon Low. Continue reading →

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Load-In to Load-Out: Carroll settles into their new home with a gig at The Barbary

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Fishtown, Friday night, November 11th. The wind’s got a sharp bite that makes it feel like fall in Philadelphia, finally. It’s record release day for Philly-via-Minneapolis indie rockers Carroll. Their sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Go, offers listeners a glimpse into their move, recorded in remote waterside cabins and gracious friends’ living rooms, or so the liners suggest — they’re also due to appear on the Shaking Through series on December 14th. But tonight, at the Barbary, the city feels like home. Continue reading →

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Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

No Carroll set would be complete without a visit from the wizard poster…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

The band closes an energetic set with “Goat,” the psych-sentimental slow-burner that concludes As Far As Gardens Go.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Their set complete, the band pack up their gear and hop off stage to mingle with fans and friends.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Kulicke mans the merch table…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

As a line forms outside for the Barbary’s next event, the boys of Carroll say their last goodbyes of the evening, load their van, and head home.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Below, check out a full gallery from Carroll’s record release show at the Barbary. Click here to go back to the start.

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Soundcheck complete, frontman Brian Hurlow practices his “axe-slinging” chops…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Meanwhile, drummer Charlie Rudoy wraps some invisible cables…

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Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Guitarist Max Kulicke gets his hands on As Far As Gardens Go vinyl for the first time while setting up the merch table.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

While the other bands on the bill soundcheck, the boys of Carroll stroll down a windy Frankford Ave to grab tacos at the El Tlaloc truck.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

While waiting, bassist Charles McClung coins the term “burristo,” i.e. a barista who makes burritos…

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Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Hurlow and Kulicke joke about just how difficult it is being “as handsome as they are interesting”…

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Back at the Barbary, the guys catch up with friends and enjoys sets from Petunia and Thick, the two openers on tonight’s bill.

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Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

When it comes time, Carroll take the stage and kick of their set with “Bad Water,” the driving, ear candy anthem off their 2015 debut.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

After a few songs, Hurlow asks that the disco ball be turned on. Any remaining sedentary hips start to move…

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Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

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When the band pulls up in their van, still donning Minnesota plates, the venue is nearly empty. The artists unload their gear, much of which is packed in vintage suitcases and toolboxes — one of which is emblazoned with a sticker repping influential Twin Cities station The Current.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Gear inside and van parked, the band unpack their instruments and set up for soundcheck.

Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

During soundcheck, I get a taste of the new record’s live sound.

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Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com
Carroll | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

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Enter Carroll’s primary color world with As Far As Gardens Go

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist
Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

With great singles like “Talking To My Own Mirage” and “Red Giant” leading up to this album’s release, it was a pretty safe bet that Carroll had cooked up something special. If those songs weren’t enough to convince you, you could have just looked at their producer’s fantastic track record, but let’s not dwell on the past. The Philadelphia-via-Minneapolis psych rockers have put together a stellar ten song set that feels as modern as it does timeless, and they’re calling it As Far As Gardens Go. Continue reading →

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Carroll sound weightless on “Red Giant”

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist
Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

With an 11/11 release date right around the corner, psychedelic pop rockers Carroll have shared the second single from their upcoming sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Grow. It’s called “Red Giant”, and it’s every bit as lush as the previously released “Talking To My Own Mirage”. As a child, I thought ear candy was actual candy that you put in your ears, but then I realized people were just talking about music like the kind Carroll makes. If you don’t want to wind up like me, sitting in the emergency room with a half-melted Jolly Rancher in you aural canal, I suggest you stream “Red Giant” below. Continue reading →

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Get your first taste of psych-rockers Carroll with “Talking to my Own Mirage”

Carroll | photo via facebook.com/carrollmusic1
Carroll | photo via https://www.facebook.com/carrollmusic1/

When the indie-rockers of Minneapolis four-piece Carroll caught the ear of producer Jon Low of Miner Street Recordings, they knew they couldn’t ignore his call for them to come to Philadelphia.

Fast forward a few months and the quartet has relocated east, and is gearing up to release their first full-length LP as Philadelphians, As Far as Gardens Go, due to drop on November 11th. They gave us our first taste of the record with their recently released single “Talking to my Own Mirage.” Continue reading →

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Members of Clique, Soul Glo and Sororoity Noise team up in En Route

En Route | photo via enroutephl.bandcamp.com

The seeds of Philly-based rock trio En Route came from guitar player and songwriter P.J. Carroll, of the punk four-piece Clique. Carroll teamed up with Soul Glo’s Rubin Polo on bass and Sorority Noise’s Charlie Singer on drums for a set of slightly downtrodden, guitar-infused songs self-described as “early ’90s slow core” on their EP, Then is a Song. Continue reading →