A psychedelic rock trio founded in 2001 by Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices). Brothers Todd Tobias and Tim Tobias complete the trio. Circus Devils has released 14 full length albums, each containing a unique theme and story-world.
Circus Devils takes a breathless romp through multiple styles, creating an enjoyable listen from front to back. Filled with high humor and low drama.
A rock and roll sock in the jaw, STOMPING GROUNDS blasts off with the vocal bravado of Robert Pollard at full tilt. The album’s flipside detours into more psychedelic territory, offering a mixture of weird and pretty vignettes.
Circus Devils takes a break from brash psychedelic rock to gear down with a collection of acoustic ballads; friendly, lo-fi pop; and murky, otherworldly mood pieces, creating what might be described as a broadcast from a parallel world where the year is 1968 and 2068 at the same time.
WHEN MACHINES ATTACK
Circus Devils brings you 19 sonic postcards from a probable future forecasting civilization's approaching doom and opportunities to cash in. Great listening for late night car trips, driving alone of course. Keep watching the skies!
MY MIND HAS SEEN THE WHITE TRICK
Circus Devils stretch their musical muscles on this collection of subtly weird, thematically unrelated pieces, at times venturing into jazzier territory.
Hit the high seas with Capsized! Once again the band transcends musical genres with a strangely coherent blend of soft rock, aggresive stompers, creepy soundscapes and even a radio-friendly pop song (Cyclopean Runways). CAPSIZED! is a movie for the ears, taking the listener on a dark adventure with strange cargo, sirens, shipboard ghosts and bad soup.
This time the devils run the gamut from ham-fisted, hard rock thumpers to freak-pop to pretty, ethereal numbers, all weaved together in a seamless song-collage. As always, the band is steadfast in their unpredictability. The material on Mother Skinny might be described as art rock made by cave men.
Circus Devils goes acoustic! With a 1970's Morricone-esque, Southwestern flavor, Gringo is a song-cycle with moods ranging from jubilant to melancholy to mean, all wrapped in the trademark Circus Devils palette of exotic sounds.
H.P. Lovecraft meets Devo on ATAXIA, Circus Devils' collection of moonshine revelries and musical trips by torchlight into the mist-shrouded fields and forests of Ohio (aka: land of mystery). Robert Pollard and the Tobias brothers treat us to an intoxicating blend of jagged, insistent rock and uneasy lullabies.
The double album released on Mike Patton's Ipecac label, this is Circus Devils' apotheosis. Shanties, throbbing gristle-esque loops and noises, stoner jams and mini-pop-operas all piled like vignettes and miniatures, creating an alternate music universe in which every song is a hit.
Perhaps the least accessible C.D. album of all. Like a deformed brother kept hidden away in the cellar, you may have difficulty tracking down this one. For the curious, there is beauty to be found along with the shocking.
A garage rock opera, including the laboratory built off the garage where substances are brewed. Join Pinball, Flush, Z and Eel on the streets of your town as they take a strange journey. See you inside.
THE HAROLD PIG MEMORIAL
A concept album that chronicles the life of biker Harold Pig, as he is remembered by friends at his wake. Melodic, soulful, eerie, intense and gentle in turns.
The Circus Devils debut album is their most dangerous. Not for the sqeamish or anyone who likes their songs to go down easy.