Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

We're the band in the cocktail lounge in your favorite hipster movie.


Tsars recreate a musical era that never existed. A Land That Time Passed Over where Henry Mancini and Ennio Morricone mingled with the go-go surf beatnik scene. Where Dick Dale recorded a version of “Haitian Fight Song”. A world where the influence of the exotic was not subordinated into kitsch.

Tsars have invented a musical vocabulary that draws from hipster popular culture. Surf, Tiki and exotic themes are combined with a Burroughs-esque self conscious world weariness. Elements of rock, jazz and whatever else the band has absorbed from being raised by the television set and the wolves of a lifetime of playing music come spilling back out in sometimes startling forms.


Jaan Pehechaan Ho/Mudslide Single (4/1/2009)

Airplay on WCBN, WHRF, WQKL

Set List

One set or all night. Depends on the venue.

Evil Twin
Her Watery Lair
Hollywood Hills
Hula Lagoon
I'll Swallow the Sun
Requiem With Little Screws
Song for Tsars
Spahn Ranch Dressing Room
Stolen Friuts
Tiki Temple
Trouble on the Hoof
Your Martini

Apache - The Shadows
Banzai Pipeline - Henry Mancini
Bim Bam Baby - Frank Sinatra
Blistered - Johnny Cash
Casbah - Los Straitjackets
Chez Les Yé-Yé - Serge Gainsbourg
Cissy Strut - The Meters
Femme Fatale - Velvet Underground
Goo Goo Muck - Cramps
Jack the Ripper - Link Wray
Jan Pehechaan Ho - Gumnaam Sountrack
Last of the Secret Agents - Nancy Sinatra
Man of Mystery - the Shadows
Meglio Stasera - Henry Mancini
Miserlou - Dick Dale
Mr Moto - The Belairs
Out of Limits - The Marketts
Penetration - The Challengers
Pipeline - The Chantays
Question of Temperature - Baloon Farm
Rockula - Los Straitjackets
Slinky - Link Wray
Taki Rari - Yma Sumac