Friday, Robert and the Carrolls will release their newest single, “Vintage Sound,” at Velour Live Music Gallery.
This is a sneak peek into the band’s EP, which will be released in early 2013. The band is also working on a music video, which drummer Alex Nightingale said is a small part of a larger narrative telling the story of the band and their relationship to each other and their music.
“As the band merges and becomes closer, it becomes apparent in our music,” Nightingale said. “We are all really passionate about our music. Our goal is to make something that is ours, that really expresses us and who we are.”
Robert and the Carrolls have been together since 2008. Barring a two-year absence for the male members to serve missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the band has been making music since then. The band has performed at many venues in Utah County and has played alongside other members of the Provo music scene.
“We want to get our music out there,” Nightingale said. “We have big plans, and we want to shake the world. We’re hoping the release of this single and continuing opportunities to perform will generate the momentum we need.”
Bassist Max Pond said their music is most influenced by their personalities. As such, he said the band wants fans to be able to hear that through all of their work.
“I want people to feel like they have gotten to know us in a way,” Pond said. “Listeners will hear something familiar to the music they have been listening to but with a new spin.”
The band’s journey from its beginning freshman year to performing at the Velour and releasing an EP has been the biggest mark of success to guitarist Nick Hardy.
“It’s cool to have come from playing in my garage to playing in front of real people,” Hardy said. “Our sound is always changing. We all bring something different to the band, and we’re always feeding off each other.”
Playing music is something the members of the band have always loved. Playing shows and making music will always be important to them, but the band is finding new priorities through its explorations into the dimension of performing and recording music. Front-man Robert Carroll said he plays music to make an impact.
“I play and make music because I really feel like I’m doing something important,” Carroll said. “Music makes life better, and I get a lot of satisfaction out of giving others positive experiences with our music.”
Music has shaped the band members into who they are today. The band hopes that with the release of this single and the subsequent music video and album, the world can come to know who they are.
“We’re going to take this as far as we can,” Carroll said. “I feel like I play with the best musicians in the world. Together we have blended a unique sound. Listeners can expect a mix of our favorite influences: folk, rock, indie and pop.”