Carroll — “Needs” EP


Review by Christine Mlodzik

Carroll is a young indie-rock quartet from Minneapolis whose members include Brian Hurlow (keys/guitar/vocals), Max Kulicke (guitar), Charlie Rudoy (drums) and Charles McClung (bass/vocals).

Since they’ve released their debut EP, “Needs,” earlier this year, they’ve won Vita.MN’s Are You Local? Contest, played South by Southwest, played the First Avenue Mainroom and released the music video for their song “Billionaire.”

“Needs” is a very impressive, and radio-friendly, indie-pop debut. Everything about the EP seems to say ‘the next big thing,’ with songs that could dominate local radio — songs with irresistible hooks and stellar production.

From the first notes of “Lead Balloon,” Hurlow’s voice is bright and buoyant. The song is upbeat, catchy and very listenable. “Sticks” follows suit, but it’s all reined in on “Billionaire.” Atmospheric and layered with memorable lyrics: “You’re a billionaire with a shotgun and you feel it in the back of your throat, maybe it’s the lonely nights or the days gone by, you know where you got to go.” “Halloween Head” and “Out Here” complete the EP.

No song on “Need” is overdone or underdone; it’s easy to say Carroll’s debut EP hits the mark of indie pop/rock excellence.

2013 isn’t even half over and it’s turning out to be a banner a year for Carroll.


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