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Carnaval (CD Release) w/ Sleepy Eye Giant & An Era Of Echoes 

When: Fri., July 26 2013

instrumental band, 9 p.m.

For quite some time, Carnaval has been labeled an instrumental band. Lord knows we here at the City Paper have done it on more than one occasion. However, that label is just flat out wrong. Our bad. Yes, the Charleston-based band — Josh Pike (guitar-keyboards-vocals), Andrew Pike (guitar), Sean Fentross (bass-guitar), and Tom Gorecki (drums)— knows how to craft a solid Godspeed-style instrumental (see “Soft Kill” off of their new EP Say the Bells), but they aren’t afraid to sing a few lines (see “Clairaudience,” which doesn’t add lyrics until the final minute of the song). “Lyrics can be really cheesy,” says Josh Pike. “We like to think of the voice as more of an instrument.” And that they do on Say the Bells, a seven-song collection of moody, rain-soaked tracks. However, Pike says that there’s a beauty to the gloom. Case in point: the third song on the EP, “Apology.” Although it features a fabulously dreary, elegiac violin-guitar combo, Pike says, “It’s supposed to be uplifting in a real way,” much like how a sad movie is often a cathartic experience. “Apology” is also a pretty killer track that’s straight out of the Doug Martsch handbook. Be on the lookout for these guys. They’ve got the goods. —Chris Haire SATURDAY

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