BEAT CIRCUS “These Wicked Things” Record Release
ONCE Ballroom with Count Zero, Jaggery, Kee Avil, and Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band
BEAT CIRCUS formed in Boston in 2004 by singer and composer Brian Carpenter, now celebrating the band’s fourth release and the third in a Weird American Gothic trilogy. Returning on These Wicked Things, their first record in 10 years, are drummer Gavin McCarthy (Karate, Thalia Zedek Band), bassist Paul Dilley (Reverend Glasseye), and guitarist Andrew Stern (Brian Carpenter & The Confessions). Relative newcomers include violinist Abigale Reisman (Tredici Bacci), violist Emily Bookwalter (Ghost Train Orchestra), and multi-instrumentalist Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic).
“Americana by way of David Lynch’s Lost Highway” — James Reed, Boston Globe
“Carpenter is equally drawn to the avant-garde as he is to the old, rural, and gothic. He has interests in free jazz, improvised music, film directing, and radio, and seeks ways to connect theses interests into a wide vision.” — Richard Elliot, PopMatters
“Boston musician Brian Carpenter has worked with so many big names that he seems bound to become a big name himself” — Chris DeVille, Stereogum