‘What do get when you cross an Englishman, a Welshman, a Russian and a guy who’s not quite sure where he’s from ?’ This is by no means a joke but simply the response to my question when I recently asked Circus 66 who they were. This cultural diversity coupled with creative flair makes this dynamic ensemble arguably one of the most exciting bands I have had the pleasure of reviewing.
Formed in 2013, Circus 66 is comprised of Matt on guitar, Ben on drums, Tom on bass and vocal extraordinaire Annabelle. They describe their sound as a ‘rock bursting with blues infused funk overtones and shaken enough to sink a battleship’. This description certainly doesn’t disappoint as Circus 66 gives the listener something excitedly rambunctuos, frantically unrestrained and quite simply a hysterically good time. Although this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, you’d have to be either musically disinclined or perhaps simply boring to not at least appreciate their distinct artistic creativity. Their new EP “Showtime” treats you to something loud, brash, unapologetic and in your face, which will leave authentic rock lovers reeling in absolute delight. What’s there not to like ?
Citing their musical influences on a broad spectrum ranging from Bon Jovi, Extreme and Clutch to Queen and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. This eclectic musical taste is highly reflective in the 5 track EP. ‘Showtime’ truly gives a listener an unabashed good time with tracks “X Rated” and ‘Red Mary Jane’ fanning the flames of fun-filled debauchery. However, ‘Showtime’ is by no means only reserved for listening in a head banging, raucous environment. As an EP, it has a ubiquitous feel about it and could certainly serve as a background motivator whilst doing the housework or even cleaning the car. The versatility and musicality demonstrated in ‘Showtime’ is a remarkable convergence of 4 individualistic musical minds which works perfectly to give it a sense of broad appeal. This could be suggested is perhaps the magic ingredient to this exemplary masterpiece.
2019 is set to be a busy year for Circus 66. H
With the impending release of ‘Showtime’ and Summer festivals already lined up, the sky truly is the limit for Circus 66. The say they’d like to be the biggest rock band in Britain within the next 3 years. Needless to say, with their level of diverse craftsmanship, natural propensity for artistic growth and an overall well packaged product, I most certainly wouldn’t want to bet against them. Synics who choose to argue that authentic rock and roll is dead, clearly have not heard Circus 66 yet.