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The closer we creep to Halloween, the more gypsy-folk band Caravan of Thieves feels in its element.

“We’re
fascinated with the idea of the world of supernatural. There’s as much
dark and twisted out in the world as happy things. We want to
encapsulate the whole thing,” said singer Fuzz Sangiovanni. “There’s
some gore and ghosts in our songs. There’s some humor, though, and the
songs kind of play out like a Stephen King book.”

The
Connecticut act formed in 2008 upon the demise of jazz-funk band Deep
Banana Blackout, originally with Sangiovanni and his wife, Carrie. They
added violinist Ben Dean and double bass player Brian Anderson before
releasing their well-received debut, Bouquet, in 2009. Their
high-intensity, interactive live shows garnered the Caravan spots
opening for the likes of Glen Campbell, Iron & Wine, The
Decemberists and Emmylou Harris.

“That’s
one of the big variables from night to night: how the room reacts to
what we do,” Fuzz Sangiovanni said. “We’ll take anything that comes our
way and turn it around to make it a part of the show. If the ball gets
tossed in our direction, we’re going to find a way to toss it back and
make each night unique.”

That chaos was bottled into Caravan’s third album, The Funhouse, which came out earlier this year.

“It’s about life being like a carnival, especially here in the modern age,” Fuzz Sangiovanni said.

Added
Carrie Sangiovanni, “There’s a lot of bells, whistles and distractions
to keep you entertained while other things are going on. You may miss
those because you are wrapped up into the day-to-day.”

The married couple is proud of the progress they made in The Funhouse, both lyrically and musically.

“When
we first started out, we had a really clear influence with the gypsy
jazz. We expanded a bit here. We didn’t want to get pigeonholed,” she
said. “We wanted to come out with a clear vision, but we wanted a fuller
range.”

Added Fuzz
Sangiovanni, “We took a step up from the first album. We’re still
painting pictures, and now we are doing it in a more vivid way.”

Caravan
of Thieves currently is prepping a series of holiday singles to lead
into 2013, with the spooky Halloween track “Ms. Priscilla Pumpkin” now
available for download.

“We’re
not as introspective as we are interested in creating peculiar images
in our heads,” Fuzz Sangiovanni said. “I’m not really sure why. A lot of
times when we are writing music, those are the things that come to
mind.”

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