Out of Miami, The Crazy Carls are fronted by Alex Baugh. their name comes from a band member who’s no longer in the group. The music from the Florida-based band is an interesting mix of alternative and funk with a little bit of carefree acoustic surf rock tossed in for good measure. The Crazy Carls have released two EPs over the past two years, 2012’s Purple Passion and 2013’s Owl Tattoo. Talking with Alternative Addiction, Baugh discussed the band’s two EPs and the development of their sound.
“That EP is great,” said Baugh about Purple Passion when asked to look back on the release. “We’re constantly growing and learning about songwriting and what our strengths are. Purple Passion had a lot of different flavors to it but with Owl Tattoo, I think we’ve honed our style more. With the first EP, there were a couple of songs that we recorded in California. We tried some new things, exploring funk and things like that and that was really beneficial for us. That EP is where I learned about myself as a songwriter and when I listen back and find out where I was with that EP, I’m proud of it. I love that record.”
The band’s debut EP is great, but the development of their sound from that EP to Owl Tattoo is almost night and day. Owl Tattoo is a polished pop-funk effort that’s eight songs long. It shows off the band’s versatility and their ability to create a melody that’s capable of garnering attention. When Baugh was asked to compare the two EPs and how The Crazy Carls grew from Purple Passion to Owl Tattoo, he explained that the development for the band and himself came across the board.
“Songwriting in general is better,” started Baugh. “My vocal range is better. I’m more used to the studio and I have more experience producing and helping out with that. Honing in on writing a good pop song is what I learned too. My guitar work is more focused and I think that’s gotten exponentially better. I love the first EP, but I really think that Owl Tattoo is the better effort of the two by far.”
The Crazy Carls’ Owl Tattoo EP came out in October. Since then, the band has released a couple of singles and they’ve worked at promoting things online. Even though the EP has been out for four months, Baugh and co. are working on getting that more exposure while creating new music all the time.
“We just released the video for “Leave Me Tonight” and we’re still going to keep working to get people to latch on to our last EP. We have the two EPs but we also have a lot of music out there. I like to write and record all of the time. I just did a video for another unreleased song and that’s coming too. We’ve got a lot of music out there and we want people to hear it, that’s our main focus right now.”
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