b. Dublin, Eire. Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Marc Carroll made an immediate impact with the release of his 2002 solo debut Ten Of Swords, an album that demonstrated his mastery of a number of styles and unerring nose for a fine melody line. Carroll had been working on the music scene for several years prior to the release of Ten Of Swords. Raised in Eire, Carroll spent most of his time moving between London and Dublin on the fringes of success with first the Puppy Love Bombers and then pop rock outfit the Hormones. Despite making a guest appearance on an episode of top US sitcom Friends (the one featuring the wedding of Ross), the Hormones never managed to make the breakthrough their charming hook-laden pop deserved.
Carroll branched out on his own at the start of the new millennium, recording solo material that would find its way onto Ten Of Swords. The album saw Carroll moving effortlessly between jangly Byrds-style pop songs (‘Crashpad Number’ and ‘You Saved My Life (Again Last Night)’, rock (‘Idiot World’) and traditional folk (‘Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down’), allowing his instrumental dexterity and songwriting acumen to be highlighted to great effect. The lost songs and rarities collection All Wrongs Reversed was released by Carroll’s record label Evangeline the following year. The album featured the charming Brian Wilson tribute ‘Mr Wilson’ and an impressive cover version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Gates Of Eden’.