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"The members of Cara Van Thorn have carved a niche for themselves over the past half decade with an eccentric cocktail of ’30s jazz, ’70s pop rock, ’80s goth, and ’90s alternative for a timeless onstage experience, ripe with bleak lyricism, dreamy brass, stabbing piano chords, and infectious harmonies and melodies."

-Jack Anderson, KUTX

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A little bit gothic, a little bit neo-30's, and just a little bit weird, they dazzle and delight with every song. Founded by Donkey Island alums Adam Donovan and Carrie Stephens, the band itself continues to grow as more musicians find themselves hooked on the sound.


The music of Cara Van Thorn can best be described as dynamic. With vocals that range from smooth to soaring, a piano that keeps the beat, and a host of instrumental cameos, it’s guaranteed to keep you on your toes. Their sound would be right at home in a raucous speakeasy; a burlesque parlor; a late night jazz club; or a Tim Burton movie, and is reminiscent of such bands as Blondie, Tori Amos, and even Evanescence.

The lyrics are at times surprising and often evoke dark imagery, and each song tells it’s own story; finding power after a break-up, recognizing one’s demons (real or imagined), the end of the world itself. Emotions run deep, with only rare glimpses of hope and happiness. The hauntingly beautiful melodies are supported by the band’s signature harmonies, catchy drum beats, atmospheric trumpet, staccato piano threads, and expressive bass lines.

Like a perfume of nostalgia, Cara Van Thorn creates ear worms that will linger with you long after the songs have ended...

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