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Carina Round is a British singer/songwriter from Wolverhampton in the West Midlands of England. Comparisons are frequently drawn to PJ Harvey, though Round would contend that she is more directly influenced by Patti Smith.
Round was born in 1979 in the Low Hill area of the city, of Italian stock, and grew up listening to the turntable given to her for her fifth birthday. She attended Saint Mary's Catholic Primary and Junior Schools and Heath Park Senior School (which has since changed its name to Heath Park Business & Enterprise College.)
In the summer of 1996, following a gig in a basement acoustic club in Wolverhampton, Round was given a three-night support at Ronnie Scott's club in Birmingham. This led to support slots with the likes of David Gray, Miles Hunt, Ben Christophers, Mark Eitzel, Cousteau, Elbow, I am Kloot, Turin Brakes, Ed Harcourt and Ryan Adams, who after she supported him in Birmingham, invited her to be his guest at his London shows. At these shows, they again performed their co-written song "Idiots Dance" and "Come Pick Me Up" as encores. The following months saw Round joined by Simon Smith on double-bass, Marcus Galley on drums and guitarist Tom Livemore. Their first gig together was a special one-off supporting Coldplay at the Birmingham Songwriters Festival.
This band recorded debut album The First Blood Mystery at Magic Garden Studios with friend and producer Gavin Monaghan. The album was recorded and mixed in ten days, and released in the UK through Animal Noise in 2001. Round then toured the UK with Glenn Tilbrook.
She returned in 2003 with The Disconnection, again recorded at Magic Garden Studios with Gavin Monaghan. The album was released in the UK with a cover shot by Anoushka Fisz (wife of Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics who supported her since), then released in 2004 with a different, less disturbing cover photo[clarification needed], on Interscope in the US. The album garnered comparisons to Bjork, Jeff Buckley and Robert Plant. Round promoted The Disconnection with a tour of the UK in late 2003, and another tour in January 2004. This was followed by a month-long tour of the US before returning to the UK for another tour with Damien Dempsey and James Blunt.
Round moved to LA in 2005 to produce Slow Motion Addict with Glen Ballard, which featured a more accessible, electronic-embellished sound. The album's release was delayed by a full year, but was eventually released in the US in 2007. Round was chosen as Annie Lennox's support act for her recent US tour, which was followed by dates in the UK in late 2007 and early 2008.
On 12 May 2009, Round released a five-track EP called Things You Should Know. The EP is available on general digital release, with physical copies available only at her shows. Pre-orders of the digital EP came with two extra tracks – acoustic versions of "Do You" and "For Everything A Reason". A video and a remix are available for the first track on the EP, "Backseat".
In the Fall of 2009 Round became a touring member of Puscifer, Tool’s Maynard James Keenan’s band, worked on their latest album ‘Conditions of My Parole’, and began opening the live shows.
During this time, Carina also sang on The Twilight Singers album ‘Dynamite Steps’, working with the award winning composers John Debney and Glen Ballard on a song composed for the film ‘Valentine’s Day’, writing with Academy Award winner Marco Beltrami, as well as finishing up an album with her Alt-Country side project Early Winters, which was self-released earlier in the year.
In October 2011 it was announced that Round will be touring with Puscifer again. She opened for Puscifer at the Seattle, Washington opening show of the North American Conditions of My Parole tour on November 7, 2011. This was in addition to performing as a member of Puscifer.
Carina Round released Tigermending, an 11-track album produced by Round and Dan Burns on May 1, 2012 via Dehisce Records and distributed through The Orchard. Collaborators include Dave Stewart and Brian Eno (‘The Secret of Drowning’) and Billy Corgan (‘Got To Go -2000 years BC mix’).
With Early Winters:
2012 - Early Winters (Album)