There was a time when Carroll was just your grandmother’s name or an avenue you drove by. But since the autumn of 2011, Carroll has come to describe the combined efforts of four gentlemen from all over who now call Minneapolis home.
Brian Hurlow started performing some of the melancholic pop songs that would become the Needs EP with a guitar and a laptop and caught the ear of Charlie Rudoy- a friend from college and a drummer. The two moved into a house on Carroll Avenue together and found a name for their budding project on the street sign on the corner. By the time Max Kulicke joined on guitar and Charles McClung on bass, the sounds coming out of the basement on Carroll Avenue were beginning to grab some attention.
After hearing a demo of their song “Billionaire,” producer Lance Conrad reached out and offered to record the band at his Humans Win! Studios. “Sticks”, the first single released from the sessions at Humans Win!, debuted on Minnesota Public Radio’s The Current and was posted on music blogs from Australia to Spain to the Czech Republic. Second single “Lead Balloon” premiered on Tiny Mix Tapes and has been a mainstay on radio stations and playlists across the country. Carroll’s psychedelic-shoegazey-pop is on full display on their debut EP Needs, released February 12, 2013. The band was named Best New Band by Minneapolis’ two biggest arts publications- City Pages and Vita.mn. This past March, Carroll played several showcases at SXSW followed by a 2-week tour of the East Coast, Midwest, and Montreal. In the past year the band has opened for and played with the likes of Electric Six, Pure Bathing Culture, Haley Bonar, Le1f, Torres, and many more.
Carroll looks towards a full-length LP of songs crafted and honed on the road. The songs are taking a darker turn- the smooth edges fraying, the wall of sound thickening.
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