Varsity Theater Presents
1308 4th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55414
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Oh hey, I'm LIGHTS--a fairly small-sized, Canadian girl who makes intergalactic-electro music. What do I mean by intergalactic? I'm glad you asked. I try to find sounds that seem like they could have been plucked from Saturn's rings or a meteor belt. Equal parts fantastical/epic/beautiful/emotional.
Composed of Greg Itzen (vocals), Dan Kaplan (guitar), TJ DeBlois (drums), Derek Zglenski (bass), and Evan Rotunno (guitar, vocals), Carousel was born of time-tested relationships as dynamic and changing as a ride on a merry-go-round. A near decade of cycling through moments of excitement, heartbreak, giving up and starting over, has resulted in the formation of this band. Surely the musical chemistry has got something to do with the band members' extensive history. Greg Itzen and Dan Kaplan met in a quaint neighborhood in Langhorne, PA where they grew up a few houses apart. Their unshakable love of music solidified their friendship and put them on the path to where they now stand. Over the years Greg Itzen has had a few tastes of musical success alongside fellow Bucks County locals Keith Goodwin (Days Away, Good Old War) and Anthony Green (Saosin, Circa Survive). After taking a break from music, Itzen found himself in a new project, Like Lions, as a lead singer for the first time. His new band mates included future Carousel drummer TJ DeBlois and guitarist Dan Kaplan. Unfortunately, conflict arose behind the beautiful music they made. Despite their potential, the members of Like Lions went their separate ways. Luckily in fall of 2009, Kaplan, Itzen and DeBlois put their issues behind them with the realization that in order to make the music they wanted to, they would have to make it together. By February of 2010, Carousel rounded out the lineup with bassist Derek Zglenski (Ink and Dagger) and guitarist Evan Rotunno, who is Greg's younger brother. Rotunno's voice, eerily reminiscent of Itzen's earlier sound, makes the perfect compliment to his older brother's now fully matured vocals. With all the pieces in place the five of them began writing; in May they ventured down to Maryland where Nik Tyler and Greg Altman would record the band's first tracks.
The sound of Carousel is a perfect blend of rawness and sophistication. Their songs are refreshingly original with subtle allusions to the artists whom have inspired them. The music of Carousel is something to be experienced.
$14.00 - $16.00
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