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"Three Ring Circus Press Release"


November 6, 2009

Austin, Texas -- They were power pop before power pop was cool. In fact, The Explosives from Austin, Texas were power pop during a time in which “new wave” and “punk” were the things to be. Punk bands and punk fans didn’t know what to make of the Explosives when they wandered into the scene at Austin’s legendary Raul’s Club in 1979. These guys weren’t real punks, and it showed, which worked out pretty good for the trio that didn’t want to be called anything but musicians. Musicians who rocked.

Freddie Steady Krc, Cam King, and Waller Collie all wrote, all sang, and all played with a tight urgency that lacked the rage of their musical contemporaries but maintained the gloriously jangly garage rhythm and melody inspired by Beatles, Stones, and other musical heroes. They couldn’t have cared less about the pretensions of the punk movement; which even showed in their stage setup, which put the drum kit front and center. These guys just cared about rock and roll, a practice in which they were defiant purists at the Ramones level. They even opened for the Ramones at the Armadillo World Headquarters.

Jungle wails and monkey calls opened their 1982 album, Restless Natives, produced by Creedence bassist Stu Cook, who not only brought some CCR simplicity to the project but just enough Spector Wall of Sound to further differentiate the Texas trio from the rest of the pack. The band’s sound was as musically wild as the album name implied--and the original restless natives are back.

The new Explosives album, Three Ring Circus, includes the entirety of Restless Natives, (first time on CD) along with all other official Explosives studio releases, plus two live bonus tracks and a bonus DVD capturing the band in its garage rock jungle glory.

Freddie and Cam have been rocking together off and on for thirty years, most recently in The Freddie Steady 5, and now with their old pal Waller, Krc will put down his guitar and push his drum kit to the front of the stage, for a select series of February and March dates in Texas in support of the new release. Don’t miss the Three Ring Circus; it’s coming to play, not to stay.

--Rush Evans
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ka-BOOM! (double CD, 2007)
Three Ring Circus (CD and DVD, 2010)
Explosives EP, 1979
Live at Raul's, 1979 (produced by Freddie Steady Krc)
Push the Button EP, 1980
A Girl Like You/Headhunter 45, 1980
Restless Natives LP, 1982



The Explosives lived up to their name in the late seventies and early eighties, packing more power than their so-called punk rock peers. That’s because they were not actually punk rockers themselves. They were rock and roll musicians! Steady Krc, Cam King, and Waller Collie formed a tight musical unit, playing songs that both mattered and rocked. And they meant it, man. In 2005, Krc and King revived the Explosives to serve as Roky Erickson’s band in the triumphant return to the stage of both Texas legends. Now, in 2010, the original trio comes together to release their past vinyl catalogue on CD and to perform again as the mighty Explosives.