Photo by: Carolyn Lederach

Photo by: Carolyn Lederach

The rules are simple...there's a hat, this hat is filled with many questions ranging from the personal to the off beat.  We pass the hat, each band member gets a chance to answer the question they choose from the hat.  Fun is had by all.

Carroll are the newly relocated midwest dudes planting their feet in Philly.  They have an incredible psych-rock sound that can highlighted in their self titled album, which was released just a few months ago.  We caught up with them at their first show in Philly as residents, and did a quick Chat in a Hat interview, which was full of whimsy and magic.  Join us as we talk with Brian (vocals, keys, guitar), Charlie (drums), Charles (bass, keys, vocals), and Max (guitar).


Brian: What is your guilty pleasure song?

I’m not guilty about many musical things I listen to.  I can probably tell you every Death Cab for Cutie song ever made prior to 2012, so that might be my guilty pleasure.  All of Ariana Grande’s album I know really well, still also not guilty about that.

Charlie: you should probably be guilty about how much you love The Eagles.

B: I do know a lot of The Eagles greatest hits very well...


Charlie: You’re granted a once in a lifetime chance to travel into space.  You’re allowed to bring one item and one person.  Who/what would they be?

My first logistical question is obviously would I have enough sustenance, otherwise I’m going to bring a fridge full of food/drink/water.

Charles: or someone you don’t like very much so you could eventually eat them.

Charlie: Yeah!  And the item I would bring would be my bicycle.   I would like to have the first Schwinn in space.  I will also bring The Weeknd with me.  Since I get one item he also probably gets one item, so he will probably bring some pills.  By bringing him I get all these other things.


Charles: What’s the stupidest thing you did in your teens to look cool?

I went through a lot of phases when I was younger.  Initially I had a goth phase, I shouldn’t say initially, I wasn’t born goth.  Around middle school I decided I was goth, then I decided I wasn’t really goth, I was more punk.  Then after that I decided I’m not really punk I’m more just cool in general so I just mixed the two together.  I guess the stupidest thing I did was determine my life had to consist of definitive fashion stages, but in retrospect each of those Charles was a different person.  

Brian: Born goth would be a cool name for a record.


Max: What do you do to pass the time on the road?

A lot of power naps and writing Yelp reviews.

Charlie: - we have an account!

M: We Yelp things all over the country, especially things you’re not supposed to Yelp like reststops. 

VZN: What’s a great example of one you’ve recently done?

M: What’s NOT a good example?  We’ve done a couple beaches, parks, and stuff.

B: We do long form Yelps.  

M: It’s more like essays, creative non-fiction.  

B: We’ll Yelp a Wendy’s but look at it in more of a philosophical lens.

M: It’s a way to tell other bands out there what not to eat on the road

B: Being on the road so much you have to stop and get food at so many places, so Yelp is actually really fun and meaningful.


Brian: Would your rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything that is on your mind?

I think I would rather never be able to speak again than have to say everything.  I think I would learn other creative ways of communicating in silence and I would be a really good listener, which would be endearing.


Charlie: If you could invite two people to a dinner party who would they be?

I think about this question a lot when I’m eating dinner alone and I think 'if only Maggie Gyllenhaal were here what would that be like?'  Now in this moment I’m having a hard time thinking.  I'd say Rasputin, my favorite historical figure, and The Weeknd because we’re already going to space together.  They’re also very similar in a way.  I would slow cook them some pork for them.


Charles: What is your favorite song on your record?

When we were having debates about which single to release it would always be a 3 to 1 vote.  These guys would be on the same page and I would be the one saying the track I love off the album, which is called ‘Jealous Eyes’.  It’s the second to last song on the record, the penultimate song on the record.  It’s also the synthiest one to me and I really like that one.  The beat is phat, it’s short, and I really like my bass part in it.


Max: What your favorite 90s show and/or 90’s album?

I’m going to say my favorite 90s show is Rocket Power, actually if I’m being honest, it’s probably the original Power Rangers.  I was a dead up Power Rangers fan.


Brian: Give me your best door to door salesman pitch for your album.

Max: Man if we ever had to go door to door…

Charles: on Record Label Blvd.

Brian: 'Hello Miss, is there an executive home?  I have an indie rock record with a…'  We get called woozy sometimes, which I think is cool.  'Excuse me Miss, would you like the NyQuill equivalent of an Indie Rock record?',  'Excuse me Miss, are you sick or do you need to listen to this album?'  

Max: If I know Brian he would just knock on a door, put the album in someone’s hand, say 'you’ll thank me later,' and walk away.

Brian: Call me back if you need a bucket for tears


Charlie: Favorite scary movie.

Babadook.  Also produced by our record label!


Charles: What are you going to be for Halloween?

I don’t know, I think I might be one of the Flock of Seagulls.

Brian: We should BE Flock of Seagulls for Halloween!


Max: What/Who is your biggest influence?

Probably Jimi Hendrix or it would be like dappled sunlight reflected off water.

Charlie: I would also like to change my choice of who to bring to dinner.  I would also bring dappled sunlight reflected off water to dinner.


--Be sure to check out our recent review of Carroll's Philly show HERE--