“Gypsy swinging, serenading, fire-breathing circus freaks” is how this month’s Submission Spotlight artist, Caravan Of Thieves, has been described. Marrying old school gypsy swing and modern folk rock, this band has released two albums independently, with their first submission being added to Pandora in 2009. They have received much praise from Pandora listeners, fans and press for both their unique style of music, as well as their energetic and theatrical live shows.
Formed in Bridgeport, CT by married couple Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, Caravan of Thieves began as a duo, performing in parks and on street corners. Their sound featured a blending of their voices with acoustic guitars, rounded out by various kitchen appliances providing percussive accompaniment.
Along the way they incorporated a violinist and an upright bassist. Drawing inspiration from the raw and charismatic performances of gypsy music and the 1930s swing era, coupled with a penchant for dark and macabre imagery, the lively sounding pop songs they crafted quickly began to resonate with audiences.
Fueled by the success of their live shows, they recorded and released their debut album Bouquet in 2009, built an interactive stage set of “percussive junk” and started touring. They have shared stages with artists like Emmylou Harris, Dan Hicks, Glen Campbell, The Decemberists and Keb Mo, just to name a few. These diverse bills have allowed them to connect with audiences of all ages and musical tastes.
Their second release, the live album Mischief Night, was recorded from one sold out show in Fairfield, CT on May 1, 2010, which highlights their original compositions and their interpretations of songs from artists like The Beatles, Queen and Talking Heads.
After their 2011 spring tour the band spent time in the highly innovative and renowned Tarquin Recording Studios. As mentioned on their official website, the group “had a concept going in, both from a sound and production standpoint, lyrically and thematically.
A lot of crazy stuff happens on the road, and we took our experiences from on and off the stage, and brought them into the studio with us.” The result was their second full-length album, aptly titled The Funhouse, which was released by the New York-based label, United For Opportunity. The music video for the album’s first single “Raise the Dead” premiered on American Songwriter in March 2012. The album has generated a lot of positive buzz from various publications, including Hot Indie News, Blog Critics and Blurt Magazine.
Caravan Of Thieves says their music is as if “Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house,” it will likely appeal to listeners of Andrew Bird’s Bowl of Fire, Squirrel Nut Zippers and Laura Veirs.
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- Michelle S. (Music Curator)