Black Carl
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Black Carl


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Black Carl is an indie, funk rock band from Tempe, Arizona. The band is made up of lead singer Emma Pew, drummer John Krause, guitarist Chad Leonard, guitarist and instrumentalist Matt Noakes and bassist Ian Woodward. The members cite Otis Redding, James Brown, TV on the Radio and The Meters as influences.

Black Carl’s name originated from drummer John Krause’s roommate. “I was recording stuff and let my roommate hear the first song. He laughed and said, ‘This is the Pink Floyd of hip-hop. You should call it Black Carl.’”

The band self-released an EP, Black Carl, in January 2008. The EP reached #1 on KASU – The Blaze 1260 AM, ASU’s college radio station for the week of 3/31/08. Black Carl appeared later as guest DJs on the station, appearing after Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World. The EP features a cover of the Shel Talmy-penned “Bald Headed Woman,” staple in their set. The band has also been known to cover “Psycho Killer” by the Talking Heads.