Black Carl

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Black Carl
Origin Tempe, Arizona
Members Emma Pew
John Krause
Chad Leonard
Matt Noakes
Ian Woodward

Black Carl is an indie, funk rock band from Tempe, Arizona. The band is made up of lead singer Emma Pew, drummer John Krause, guitarist Chad Leonard, guitarist Matt Noakes, and bassist Ian Woodward. They are joined occasionally by trumpet player Steve Limpert. The members cite Otis Redding, James Brown, TV on the Radio and The Meters as influences.[1]


Black Carl's name originated from drummer John Krause’s roommate. “I was recording stuff and let my roommate hear the first song. He laughed and said, 'This is the Pink Floyd of hip-hop. You should call it Black Carl.'” [1]

The band self-released an EP, Black Carl, in January 2008.[2] The EP reached #1 on The Blaze, ASU's college radio station for the week of 3/31/08. Black Carl appeared later as guest DJs on the station, appearing after Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World.[3] The EP features a cover of the Shel Talmy-penned "Bald Headed Woman," staple in their set. The band has also been known to cover "Psycho Killer" by the Talking Heads.[4]



  • Black Carl (2008)


  • Borrowed (2009)
  • The Wheel (2013)

7" Singles[edit]

  • The Chariot (2010)
  • The Magician/The Hanged Man (2011)
  • The Fool (2011)


  1. ^ a b Jansen, Steve (April 3, 2008). "Noise Boy: funky fun with Black Carl". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Phoenix New Times
  3. ^ The Blaze 1260[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Archived August 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.

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