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On this page: Circus Devils discography and videos

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COME ON IN, TAKE OFF YOUR HEAD

The first Circus Devils record appeared in 2001, when Robert Pollard and the Tobias brothers collaborated on a musical experiment titled "Ringworm Interiors."  Since then, this Pollard/Tobias collaboration has resulted in the appearance of many more albums, each a unique adventure best taken at night, all alone in your room wearing headphones.  See the Discography below for a complete list of Circus Devils recordings.


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WHEN MACHINES ATTACK (2013)

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Circus Devils bring you 19 sonic postcards from a probable future forecasting civilization's approaching doom and opportunities to cash in.  A satisfyingly unsettling listen from top to bottom (or unsettlingly satisfying?).  The cast of improbable characters includes a "controller" who introduces the album, along with Bad Earthman, Craftwork Man, Johnny Dart, the Brain of the Iron Fist, Doberman Wasp and more.  Great listening for late night car trips, driving alone of course.  Keep watching the skies!

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MY MIND HAS SEEN THE WHITE TRICK (2013)

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Circus Devils stretch their musical muscles on this collection of thematically unrelated pieces, at times venturing into jazzier territory.

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I RAZOR (2013)

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Music from the experimental feature film includes instrumental pieces by Todd Tobias and songs from Circus Devils.  68 minutes of music on 36 tracks.  A cinematic journey for the ears.   For more information on the film I Razor, click here.


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CAPSIZED! (2011)

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Produced by Todd Tobias. Voice, lyrics and cover art by Robert Pollard. Music by Todd Tobias and Tim Tobias.
Circus Devils hits the high seas.  Once again the band transcends musical genres with a strangely coherent blend of soft rock, aggresive stompers, creepy soundscapes and a radio-friendly pop song (Cyclopean Runways). CAPSIZED! is cinema for the ears, taking the listener on a dark adventure with strange cargo, sirens, shipboard ghosts and bad soup.
See album REVIEWS of CAPSIZED!

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MOTHER SKINNY (2010)

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Produced by Todd Tobias. Voice, lyrics and cover art by Robert Pollard. Music by Todd Tobias and Tim Tobias. 
Circus Devils is back in form with MOTHER SKINNY following their all-acoustic 2009 release GRINGO. 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.
See album REVIEWS of MOTHER SKINNY

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 GRINGO (2009) 

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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.

see album REVIEWS of GRINGO


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ATAXIA (2008)

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H.P. Lovecraft meets Devo on ATAXIA, Circus Devils’ new 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.

see REVIEWS of ATAXIA

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SGT DISCO (2007)

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The Circus Devils double album.  Shanties, throbbing gristle-esque loops and noises, stoner jams and mini-pop-operas all piled like vignettes and miniatures, creating an alternate music universe where every song is a hit.
See album REVIEWS of SGT DISCO.




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(FIVE (2005)

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Produced by Todd Tobias. Voice, lyrics and cover art by Robert Pollard. Musical instruments by Todd Tobias.

Bizarre, beautiful, scary, impossible to describe.  It’s Circus Devils Five.
see album REVIEWS of FIVE
















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PINBALL MARS (2004)

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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.

REVIEW of Pinball Mars by Bart Bealmear at allmusic.com

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THE HAROLD PIG MEMORIAL (2002)

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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.

REVIEW of the Harold Pig Memorial by Nick Benson



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RINGWORM INTERIORS (2001)

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The most dangerous circus devils album.  Not fit for the squeamish or anyone else who likes their songs to go down easy.

REVIEW of Ringworm Interiors at allmusic.com