With their 2nd release launched and their 7th year as a band, Circus Mind has clearly narrowed their focus to funky retro rock grooves. Slimming the band to a 4 piece while saving their horns for a few needed tunes, 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 their 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 is Circus Mind?" The band met in the late 90's when lead singer Mark Rechler opened headshop/pet store. 'It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time' Rechler said. I then hired guitarist Dave Berg to help clean the hampster cages and create habitrails out of bong parts, and as it turned out he was an expert in all things heady.Drummer George Hooks shortly joined as shop manager making sure the parakeets were getting along with the Ferrets and keeping them all away from the glass bowls. Chris Croby the bass player was a regular customer of course who became closr with the crew. Well the shop was just a 'head' of it's time of course and things just went south. That's when we decided to form a band. Check it out!!! Circus Mind's members are diverse in their influences as well as their playing: -Drummer George "Drum Man" Hooks was a long time Ringling Brothers band member on tour for 11 years. Playing prog, jazz, or eastern european speed metal horahs is standard issue for this Zildjian & Remo sponsored Drum master. -Bassist Chris Crosby has a serious case of spider fingers and can solo as good as any guitarist and has studied under Oteil Burbridge of Allman Brothers fame. A young funkster from a family of highly respected musicians. - Guitarist David Berg is rooted in Jazz, Reggae, and Bluegrass. And has toured with Dark Star Orchestra's as "the bobby guy". Dave's fluid rock style keeps the band in a constant snake like flow. - Lead vocalist, Keyboardist and Songwriter Mark Rechler has been the band's creator and leader. Spending 5 years in New Orleans studying Music & Architecture helped influence his style and direction, while always focusing on the hook to keep his listeners salivating and wanting more. Great song writing plus top notch musicianship equals a fun rockin good time!
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