Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages, come one come all to the big top to feast your ears upon the stylings of a collective of musicians the likes of which the world has never seen before and may never see again. Bred in the swamps of New York...
Ladies and gentleman, children of all ages, come one come all to the big top to feast your ears upon the stylings of a collective of musicians the likes of which the world has never seen before and may never see again. Bred in the swamps of New York City, Fed on the pulse of a drumbeat mixed with a spicy gumbo. It hasn’t been easy for a funk rock band that has roots in the classic rock sounds of the 1970’s mixed with funky southern flavors. But this monster persevered and grew by night!
With their 2nd release ready to launched and their 7th year as a band, Circus Mind has clearly narrowed there focus to funky retro rock grooves. slimming the band to a 4 piece and saving their horns for special occasions, the band has honed their musicality in their sound and the songwriting to create an explosive project. The new release entitled “Silver Flower” puts a modern take on mid-late 70’s influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Mott the Hoople plus N’awlin Vibes such as Dr.John, The Meters and The Neville Brothers.
Unlike there first CD which welcomed many special guests such as members of the Neville Brothers, Meters, Soulive, and Deep Banana Blackout to name a few CM keeps this project in house for what becomes a much clearer picture of who the band is.
Best L.I Indie CD of 2006 - Newsday by Newsday “Funky, funny hard-rocking and full of attitude, Circus Mind comes on like some of the best eccentric artists of the FM era. On the new disc, “Silver Flower,” Singer-keyboardist Mark Rechler...
Best L.I Indie CD of 2006 - Newsday by Newsday “Funky, funny hard-rocking and full of attitude, Circus Mind comes on like some of the best eccentric artists of the FM era. On the new disc, “Silver Flower,” Singer-keyboardist Mark Rechler borrows Warren Zevon’s warped humor, Steely Dan’s subtle hostility and the James Gangs uptight white-boy grooves . Through it all, the Glen Cove based Band which includes guitarist David Berg, Bassist Chris Crosby, and Drummer George Hooks, shows impressive chops, biting deep into traditional, blues based rock.
The disc kicks off with a down-and-dirty number called “Swing Set” which contains some decidedly strange pick-up lines: “You want to know where the party’s at?” Rechler sing in a gravelly voice. “Well I know a good one with a wrestling mat.” Next comes a simmering mood piece called “Some Things Don’t Change” with Rechler taking apart an unfortunate someone: “Still I can’t figure out why I am still friends with you/ But after you here this you’ll know that we are through.”
And so it goes for 12 terrific songs, each one tackling familiar ground in an appealing new way. Check out the title track, where the band uses The Beatles “Taxman” riff to create a whole new tune or “How Many Days” which melds smooth harmonies and shaggy guitar solos. Even the New Orleans jazz number “Brighter Day” manages to avoid cliché, and it’s one of many sons that put a hot horn section to good use.
Circus Mind could easily settle for being a bar-band and a great one but the songwriting is too keen, too clever for that. With national acts such as Scissor Sisters, Diamond Nights, and Grand Mal successfully reviving the 70’s, there’s no reason Circus Mind shouldn’t get it’s due.