Greenville, SC’s own Signs of Iris recently released a new album titled “Cyclops.” It’s good. Yes, you can take my word for it, but to reinforce it, here’s an excerpt from an album review by Wordkrapht.com:
“Lead vocalist and synth player, Cassie Posey, packs quite a punch with not-so-subtle, kick-you-in-the-teeth vocals. While there is a softer side, she is clearly at her best when she is tearing your face off. There is raw power and emotion there that just cannot be contained, nor should it.”
Read the entire review here.
And check out the video for the song “Little More.”
On Dec. 6, they’ll be playing at the Nick in Birmingham, Ala., and on Dec. 7, they’ll be playing in Montgomery at Head on the Door with the Fall of Adam (which features Mr. Adam Davila and me.)
If you haven’t heard the Fall of Adam, check out this rough mix of the song “Sounds like the Wicked.”
Last night, I had the opportunity to be part of the ‘Joe Thomas Jr. Third Tuesday Guitar Pull at the Cloverdale Playhouse.’ Yesterday was the 21st installment of this monthly event.
I was joined by two other Alabama-based singer-songwriters – Sid Phelps and Marge Loveday.
Along with a great venue with wonderful acoustics, there are a few things that set this apart from a normal show.
First is the format. There was no opener or headliner. It was just three musicians taking turns, one song at a time, and if any of us wanted to share any background information about the song, or an album, or the writing process, we were free to do so.
(L to R) Sid Phelps, Marge Loveday, me. Photo by Patrick Skelton of the band Federal Expression.
The musical styles were diverse as well. Phelps is more on the country side of the spectrum, Loveday is more on the pop/rock side of things (lots of piano, along with guitar), and of course, I’m more indie/rock, I suppose.
But one of the things that really stood out about this performance was the audience. I’m sure that just about any singer-songwriter who has ever performed at a bar or restaurant (or even other types of venues) can attest to the fact that sometimes you play the role of “background noise” and compete with the many conversations going on all around the establishment. This monthly event is the exact opposite. It’s a listening room. The people who come to this are there to listen to the music and hear the stories. They show their appreciation for the music and the diversity of music styles, and from the musicians’ standpoint, it is very much appreciated.
The next installment of the event is on Tuesday, Dec. 17. I’m not sure of the full lineup of musicians for that one, but I believe that my friend Johnny Veres is scheduled to perform. Go ahead and mark your calendars for this one; it’s a great musical experience.
Some photos taken during ‘Ghost of a Tour,’ Oct. 2013.
Musician and writer Michael Thornton wrote some kind words about my music (and Hail the Titans) in a new piece on the Midtown Montgomery Living site.
“Those familiar with his work will recognize in Carples’ latest project his emotion-forward approach and brooding tone paired with expressive imagery and grave honesty… Ghost of a Town is a record of betrayal.” (Read the entire MML review here.)
Capital City Free Press editor and publisher Joseph O. Patton had this to say:
“This is art, but unlike many artists who seem handicapped by a self-inflicted desperation to impress or wow the ear with vapid flashiness, Carples simply expresses himself soulfully and honestly through his words, musicianship and voice and simply lets it all ride without apology.” (Click here for the entire CCFP review.)
Amber O’Shea writes for The Local Scene:
“The writing is so good that it does what music is supposed to do: it makes you feel. The subject of the songs may not be the happiest, but that doesn’t make them any less powerful. There’s this sense of emotional release, of a plea for the better while acknowledging the bitter reality of the present.” (Read more here.)
And the website Chasing-Sky.com says:
“The subject matter for Ghost of a Town is deep, soul baring, leaving artist and listener emotionally vulnerable while singing our way through the ups and downs of life experiences, some simple, some complex, all easily identifiable to us as humans.” (More here.)
If you haven’t heard it yet, Ghost of a Town is available from RAD! Vinyl on Atlanta Highway in Montgomery or from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CD Baby, Bandcamp and other online retailers.
Also, next Tuesday, Nov. 19, I’ll be performing at the ‘Joe Thomas Jr. Third Tuesday Guitar Pull’ at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery. I’ll be joined by Sidney Phelps, from Union Springs, AL, and Hannah Thomas, from Covington, GA. The event is $10 and starts at 7 p.m. More details here.
And the free Ghost.Ocean.Sirens EP is still available from NoiseTrade.com. Click here.