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Posted in General News on 10/05/2009

Videos & Interviews

We will be presenting some exclusive video clips, interviews and session material in the coming weeks and months but in the meantime, we have two short promotional clips on the site. This footage was filmed recently in California and are the first in an ongoing selection of videos and short films that will be made available on this site, our youtube page and other select online pages.

The new Marc Carroll MySpace page will be up and running shortly and you can also join up to the Marc Carroll Facebook page. The biography page now has a recent interview Marc did with James McNair from Mojo/The Independant.

Posted in Dust Of Rumour - reviews on 20/05/2011


The Daily Echo (UK, 4 Stars)

If that good songs and character-full singing were enough to guarantee an audience with the public at large, Marc Carroll would surely be well on his way to omnipotence by now. Sadly, they don’t so we’re left with an album that you know people would love – provided they get to hear it. Steeped in qualities like good tunes, strong melodies and a distinctive voice, Dublin boy-come-LA resident, Carroll gives it his all both on jangling, 60s-tinged sing-outs like Now or Never, the anthemic Love Will Rule Our Hearts, or the more intimate, folk-flavoured offerings like the aching Against My Will. If a blend of Roger McGuinn, Alex Chilton, and Tom Petty gets you going, then go here.

Posted in Live - reviews on 20/05/2011


November 2002.

Marc Carroll - 100 Club 18 November 2002

Remember when you were young?
You probably still are but here's some free advice. Those years when you were at sixth form, when the whole world suddenly begins to come into focus and you realise that things will never be this perfect again? You realise that youth is finite? Those are the years you will always remember. You will never have it so good.

Those are the years when time stands still, waiting for 'real life' to sweep in and whirl you away forever. That's the time from when you learn to really love music; ascribing each song you hear a particular meaning in your life. That's the time when you have the freedom to go and see your musical idols play live; to go to festivals, to live life for the music you hear. It's when you define yourself, your groups of friends and the way you see the world by who it is you like to listen to. It's also the time you learn to be more eclectic, finding whatever that something is that you like about music, and realising it's not just about the mainstream or the present. There are whole decades to explore and a future that you heard somewhere at the hands of a DJ.

Marc Carroll makes you remember all those reasons you loved music. You probably wouldn't have been into him at that age, although if you had, your life would have been the richer for it. He gives you a reason to love music again, offering you something so honest and unsullied you remember what it's like to lose a moment for a song, to uncover a genre you hadn't noticed peeking out underneath your usual brand of character-defining rock. He takes you back to the time when you looked at the adult world and wondered what the hell the fuss was about. It's not about bills and houses, it's about music and freedom, oh - and love.

Marc's staunchly honest, uncompromising, polymorphic mixture of punk, country, gospel and whatever it is he calls this creates a sound that halts you in your tracks just long enough for you to remember why it was you loved music in the first place. Everyone should see him.
Julia Willis

Posted in All Wrongs Reversed - reviews on 20/05/2011


Torpedo pop

Besides the Brian Wilson tribute-song `Mr Wilson`, the album is also represented with the "cocky-buzz" of Be What You Are and barely two minutes of Patterns, sounding almost like it's been based around the Getting Better middle-eight. The single from his debut solo album Ten Of Swords, Crashpad Number, is a McGuinn-ish jingle-jangle supernova and though it says that the featured version is an acoustic one, it's not, the electric 12-string rings and chimes all over the place, it's just that it's accompanied only with an acoustic guitar, the "tambourine and the man himself". This one's followed, appropriately enough, with the first of the two Dylan covers, Gates Of Eden (there's also Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)), impressing Mr.Bob enough to be posted on his official web site! As the album's title implies, if the career of Marc Carroll hasn't gone the right way before this, All Wrongs Reversed could be the turning point, reversing all the wrongs towards the right way.

Posted in World On A Wire - reviews on 20/05/2011


Plato Mania (Netherlands)

Marc Carroll made his debut in 2002 with "Ten Of Swords". That album was pure American powerpop, garnished with a sixties retro edge. It's successor is "World On A Wire" in which Carroll now shows a more inward looking and reflective side. The tempo has been slowed down considerably and in addition, Carroll has introduced the use of the piano. The sound is now more acoustic, occasionally even orchestral, but particularly beautifully kept in balance. The songs are all, without exception, cleverly constructed and are competently brought into the spotlight by the multi-instrumentalist Carroll. In "World On A Wire" one recognises and experienced songwriter at work, whose recognisable Dylan influence gives his melancholy and down beat songs an extra value.

Posted in Dust Of Rumour - reviews on 20/05/2011


Komodo (4 Stars)
The Bob Dylan approved solo artist returns with an album crammed full of calming atmosphere and Beach Boy meets Stone Roses style harmonies.

The lead single 'Always' helps sum up most of the album, its union of curling musical ideas pulls you in but never outstays its welcome. On 'Illusion and I', haunting keyboards carries the track gently over a sea of melodies, leaving the guitar and vocals to take a back seat.

'You just might be what i've been waiting for' is a more straight-forward and raw affair complete with catchy chorus. This is followed by instrumental 'Going home'. 'A dark and lucky night' ends the album, sounding like a soundtrack for the day dreaming kid who spends his entire journey staring blankly out of the car window, the lines in the middle of the road signifying the mesmerising, drifty pace of the track.

Most of 'Dust of Rumour' is so chilled it just may be the closest you will get to falling through clowds. If you lay back, relax and hear this it could be one of the listens of the year.

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