Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Folk, Gypsy and a Hell of a Show

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Folk, Gypsy and a Hell of a Show

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Many bands and solo artists hesitate to debut new material on tour before the new CD is out, preferring to wait until after the release date, when fans have had a chance to hear and get familiar with the new music.

The festive Caravan Of Thieves is not one of those bands.

A number of songs on the Connecticut-based group's latest CD, "The Funhouse," were part of its live shows for months before the CD came out earlier this

year.

"We've built a lot of what we do around the live show," says guitarist/singer Fuzz in a phone interview. "We kind of do that as its own thing anyway, and if we got out and do some dates before the album comes out and then we do some dates after the album comes out, it's all part of the same thing to us. It's getting people interested."

Besides, says Fuzz, who keeps his last name a closely guarded secret, playing material before it's recorded lets the group test out songs and tinker with the arrangements.

And the band isn't overly precious about the studio versions of its songs anyway.

Where some bands try to create the definitive versions of their songs on CD, Caravan Of Thieves sees its songs more like living, breathing organisms that are allowed to continuously evolve and

grow.

"The songs constantly change all the time," Fuzz says. "We change them as we perform them live. We get in the studio and change them again. We go back out and play them live and we change them again."

Caravan of Thieves uses acoustic instruments to create a sound that blends swinging gypsy jazz with highly melodic pop and plenty of sweet boy/girl vocals. There's Fuzz and his wife, Carrie Sangiovanni, on guitars and vocals; Ben Dean on violin, and Brian Anderson on bass. All four members chip in on percussion created with all manner of pots, pans, buckets and other household items.

"The Funhouse" gives a sense of the spirited fun of the band's live show. …

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