Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Caravan of Thieves: The Funhouse

"'It's been fun seeing the whole thing kind of unravel,' says Fuzz Sangiovanni, guitarist, singer and co-creator of the Caravan of Thieves. He and his songwriting, singing and life partner Carrie sound like they're just observing something they've set free. ... 'Recently we've been on this path of trying to bring our act to the next level, really trying to push on this,' says Carrie. ... Recording The Funhouse at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport was that next level. ... The result is lush, celebratory and refreshing in this world of too-many folk rock bands. They made the album without the use of any electronic instruments and added percussive items like stepladders, keg buckets and pans to the already spicy lineup of guitars, bass, banjo, ukulele, viola and resonator guitar. The sharp, thick and clean sound on The Funhouse is a shining example of how it's supposed to be done. On more than a few of their smartly composed songs about live, death, ghosts and general mischief -- like 'Haunt Me,' or 'Candy' and 'Raise the Dead,' with their playful lyrics and dark subject matter -- they strike a balance between darkness and happiness with a silly, creepy air of mystery" (Sean Corbett, "Raising the Dead," New Haven Advocate, 6/21/12, p. 21).

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