Circus Mind

Circus Mind

 Oyster Bay, New York, USA
BandRockFunk

Circus Mind is a Party of classic, retro, funk, rock, groove & other thangs. Flavors of late 70's rock, jam, & Nawlins Funk and sooo much more.

Biography

Ladies & Gentelman, Children of all ages behold the spectacle of Circus Mind 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 multi-headed funk rock band that has roots in the classic rock sounds of the 1970’s mixed with funky southern flavors. But this hidious monster persevered and grew by night into a beatiful flower!

Launching there 2nd Release and their 8th 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 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 Circus “performers” came together through a series of meetings somehow involving a yoga class, a “Tea and Jam” party and the Ringling Brothers Circus. Consequently, David Berg (Guitar, Tenor Banjo, Vocals) George Hooks, (Drums) Chris Crosby (Bass), Dave Diamond (Everything) joined Mark to form a cohesive unit that had the chops to play any style of music. “Each musician lead us to the next, which really solidified the group.”

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 progrock, 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.

• Anything & Everything Dave Diamond helps round out the band. Covering any base when needed and filling any nook and cranny when requested. Dave plays with Pozzy Ghuru, Jason Crosby, Blow Up Hollywood, The Zen Trixters and many many more. He is an amazing singer as well.

Circus mind is gearing up to take their modern day medicine show of midnight ravers on the festival circuit and exhibit their uplifting sound for the masses. Stay tuned…

Lyrics

Slow Start to Nowhere

Written By: Mark Rechler

Doubt Camped out in my living room
Eating time with a plastic spoon
Faith came in and began to shout
“How could you let all my secrets out!”

Depression had some beautiful dreams.
Now she just listens to angers screams.
As innocence talks to strangers she meets.
Danger waits for her down the street.

Jealousy, is eating dinner with obsession
Soon they’ll be, going dancing with aggression
Way down town,at a club called the transgression And you’ll see, how all these qualities….

Are on a slow start to nowhere

Blame pulls up in his shiny new car
Said he hadn’t been very far
Guilt just stood there silently
As terror slammed the door violently

Trust just ran out the kitchen door
Jumped over Greed who laid on the floor Tripped over fear who just crawled in But landed on worry who smelled just like gin

Devotion, must be on some long vacation
Confidence, took a trip with Inspiration
There still time, to call up Imagination
And we’ll see, how all these qualities….

Are on a slow start to nowhere!

Too Many Cooks, Too much to lose
Too many feet ya’ll, and not enough shoes
You better pack it up, before they stack em up
And all those cards on the table are shown
You better take back all that stuff from your head
And try to make it your own.

Devotion must be on some long vacation
Confidence took a trip with Inspiration
There still time to call up Imagination
And we’ll see how all these qualities….

Are on a slow start to nowhere

Doubt Camped out in my living room
Eating time with a plastic spoon
Faith came in and began to shout
“How could you let all my secrets out!”

Depression had some beautiful dreams
Now she just listens to angers screams
As innocence talks to strangers she meets
Danger waits for her down the street

Jealousy is eating dinner with obsession
Soon they’ll be going dancing with aggression
Way down town at a club called the transgression
And you’ll see, how all these qualities….

Swing Set

Written By: Mark Rechler

You sit there making drinks for animals & ghosts
You say that you want a feast and then start making toast
You want to know where the parties at
I know a good one with a wrestling mat
It’s the thrill and not the threat , If you meet me out at the swing set

Girls chase the boys, The Boys chase the girls
It’s not funny till someone gets hurt
Come on over for some show and tell
You have some toys that you’ve been trying to sell
Please do not forget that you must meet me out at the swing set

Come join the crew, who has been waiting for you
Look for the sign that says “bad kids at play”
Not to burst your bubble, it not about the trouble
But the good times is where we will stay

Don’t be afraid the folks are away
Tell your mama you’ll be back later today
I saw you stare at me in Music class
You wouldn’t meet me with a bathroom pass
I promise no regrets if you come meet me out at the swing set

I’m gonna give it to you where you stand
I’m the shadow of a former man
So honey place your bet
And I’ll meet you out at the swing set

Discography

New CD released in March 2006 and getting good radio play on over a 100 college stations and Sirius and XM radio.

Circus Mind released there first CD independently in 2003. The track "Spy Boy" still gets radio play nationally and is often heard on Sirius Radio's Left of Center, Jam On, and Disorder & XM

Set List

Our set lists are always adjusted to the gigs we play both the tight 1 hour NYC set or 3 sets of all night long playing. The band likes to play covers as welll as originals and plays them in their own style.

Silver Flower - original
Sanford & Son - quincy Jones
7th Wave - original
Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
Master Blaster - Stevie Wonder
Slow Start to Nowhere - Original
Brighter Day - Original
Sexx Laws - Beck