The Carnival of Shadows

The Carnival of Shadows is a dark ska /folk punk band from Asbury Park, NJ. Formed in 2011, the band is currently a 4 piece band with Nelson Bayas on drums, Andrew Slick on bass and backup vocals, Michael Ventoso on trombone and Randy Wilson on guitar and lead vocals. The band has often been compared to the likes of Bad Religion, The Pixies and Dead Kennedys. Inspired by the music of A Nightmare Before Christmas, the music has hints of a darker cabaret, New Orleans sound.

Often found playing around their hometown of Asbury Park and neighboring Long Branch, the band has begun expanding outward towards New York City and Philadelphia. The band is currently working on a re-release of their limited release of their debut album (which featured prior members of the band) as well as writing new tracks to be featured on a second album, the Carnival of Shadows will be releasing both albums on Conflagration Records in 2018.

Upcoming shows include a ska punk event at Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ on June 2nd, and opening for The Toasters on June 17th at the Stanhope House in Stanhope, NJ.

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