Carnival Season (originally Karnival Season) was a Birmingham-based rock band, active from 1984 to 1989. It was comprised of guitarist and vocalist Tim Boykin and bassist Brad Quinn, along with drummer Mark Reynolds and rhythm guitarist Ed Reynolds.
Early on, in October 1985, Karnival Season played an in-store concert for the grand opening of Wuxtry records on 4th Avenue North. The group signed a development deal with MCA records and recorded demo tracks at the Terminal Studio in Jackson, Mississippi with Tim Lee producing. Their deal with MCA went nowhere, so they signed with What Goes On, a UK-based independent label which also represented fellow Birmingham band The Primitons. In their local shows, GNP usually opened for them.
Ed left about the same time, and "Carnival Season" continued as a trio. The Primitons' Mats Roden produced their second EP, also recorded at Terminal Studio. They toured regionally, opened for groups such as the Meat Puppets, Redd Kross, Drivin' n' Cryin', and the Replacements, and also made a few trips to play in New York.
Their only full-length album, Waiting for No One, was recorded with Tommy Keene at Hit and Run Studios in Rockville, Maryland and released in 1987. Brad Quinn's brother Chuck joined the group for its subsequent tour, which fizzled on the West Coast. The band broke up in 1989, with Boykin forming The Shame Idols and Quinn joining Keene's touring band.
- Karnival Season (1985) "Karnival Season", 7" EP. Rat's Bane Records (art by Dennis Hunt)
- Carnival Season (1986) "Please Don't Send Me To Heaven." 12" EP. What Goes On
- Carnival Season (?) "Won't Get Heard", single. What Goes On (art by Randy Gachet)
- Carnival Season (1988) Waiting for No One. What Goes On
- Carnival Season (2010) "Misguided Promise: Carnival Season Complete (1984–1989). Arena Rock Records
- Taylor, J. R. (July 22, 2010) "The Big-time Small Time." Black & White
- Taylor, J. R. (August 5, 2010) "Made to be Broken." Black & White