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Carlo Meriano

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Sounds Like:

Syd Barrett meets Johnny Cash Meets meets Rod Serling


Gram Parsons, Elliott Smith, The Beatles, Hank Williams, Pink Floyd, Canned Heat,

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Elliott Smith

Songs by Carlo Meriano



Toronto On/Chatham,On, ON

Level of Experience:



Blues | Country | Folk and Traditional | Rock and Pop

I Write:

By myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Chord Patterns | Arrangements

Albums Released:

Sad Or Happy 2009 Toys Are Just 2010 Sticka Ikebana 2011

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal


Carlo Meriano

One lonely, foggy weekend at his dad’s place in Port Perry Carlo’s father introduced him to a beat up nylon classical guitar that changed everything. Even though it only had five strings, Papa John still played Carlo All I Ever Need is You by Sonny and Cher, followed by some single-string improv on the high ‘E.’ Noticing his dad was just following the dots on the guitar’s neck, Carlo felt encouraged to pick it up and play on his own. With ignorance-fuelled confidence, a brimming imagination, no musical training, and an old guitar named “Mr. Flamenco,” Carlo wrote his first song.

Seven friends, six steel strings, and one confused voice later Carlo met a guitar instructor by the name of Jacob Smith. Just like his teachers at school, Jacob was irritated by Carlo’s impatience to learn theory and shortly gave up on the idea of him becoming an honor roll student. Unlike Carlo’s school teachers, Mr. Smith could play Mad Cap Laughs by Syd Barrett. Although the lessons did not last long, they did lead Carlo to record his first barebones, early Floyd-styled self-titled album at Barnyard studios in Chatham, Ontario.

After high school, Carlo moved to Toronto and started a duo with bassist Dustin Braiden called “Deadbeatdads.” Their home-produced lo-fi / garage album became an underground hit, praised by independent music blogs and featured on compilations by local artists. Ironically just as the two were building a draw, Deadbeatbads had to part ways for Dustin to become a responsible father to his newborn child.

Left to his own devices, Carlo befriended an East-coaster by the name of Dave Plowman. They recorded two EPs together, as well as one LP of Carlo’s solo efforts. Their first EP Sad or Happy was recorded live over an afternoon at Nook recording studios. It was intended for demos and was only ever released as a CDR in small shows in Toronto. Carlo and Dave’s next effort was titled Toys Are Just; a more ambitious project that featured a broken Casio keyboard, a $4.99 Keytar from Value Village, drum samples and a ukulele. As a solo act, Carlo continued to play shows around Canada, and opened for Andrew W.K. in Halifax.

Carlo and Dave went on to spend a year recording a full-length album entitled Sticka Ikebana - nine tracks inspired by 60s Twilight Zone episodes, adolescence, and a little bit of city living. Sticka Ikebana was carefully cut from many separate instrumental tracks sourced from select Toronto musicians, and was a milestone for Carlo and Dave in personal recording and production. Below is a direct quote from the Globe and Mail review.

POP/FOLK: Sticka Ikebana
• Carlo Meriano
• Independent
• Three stars
“Carlo Meriano lives in Toronto and knows his ways around some of the dark corners of life. If you doubt, listen to Denton on Doomsday, the most ambitious number on this nine-song debut album. The song opens with a sweaty evocation of a drunkard's dry-mouthed morning, moves through an instrumental break whose many harmonic changes presage a narrative full of surprises, through to a showdown rich with distorted guitar and mocking yowls from lap steel. In this and other songs, Meriano shows his gift for laying down a compelling groove, while muttering his scuffed lyrics up his sleeve like a gambler breathing on his dice. The bright jangling accompaniment of To Serve Man aptly portrays the wired alertness of the insomniac in the lyrics, which drift toward rapping as the silt builds up. ‘I want to be a truck driver on the highway called Nothing to Lose,’ Meriano sings in Plan B, and you can smell the exhaust.”
Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail, Jan. 6, 2012

Carlo and Dave next recorded a live 12-track album entitled Future Folk in Dave’s apartment in front of a small audience. The album was not completed due to problems with mixing and never saw the light of day. During this time Carlo was still practicing home recording and had formed a four-piece garage rock band called “Bravery Cat.” Bravery Cat would record a three-song and four-song EP, once again playing small shows in Toronto. In early 2015 Carlo began to record his next full length album at Desert Fish studios in Toronto, Ontario. The album is still unreleased, consisting of 12 songs about being in a relationship with a partner with mental and addiction issues. Carlo feels the songs are too mismatched because his approach to the album changed midway through; from stripped-down acoustic, to a fully-produced sound. Instead, Carlo has decided to release a three and five song EP from the 12 songs.

Now in 2017, Carlo has hung up the chef’s knives from his day job to dedicate himself anew to music fundamentals. He is currently planning to record another full-length album, with a more calculated, bare-bones approach to his garage rock / folk / psychedelic / country roots influences. His biography is not finished, but it is over for now. Carlo would like me to tell you, “Thank you for reading,” and that he hopes to shake your hand and chew the fat if you ever bump into him.

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