In 2001, Robert Pollard and the brothers Tobias formed Circus Devils and veered off the pop highway and straight into a deep hole, where they mingled with nursery rhyme characters of the future, invisible present-day villains and heroes, and the ghosts of rock-and-roll past. The band’s strange journey culminates in the appearance of Sgt. Disco, their first worldwide release on the Ipecac label. Circus Devils incorporates a musical alchemy of hard rock and soft rock, ugliness and beauty, tension and ambience, eerie moods, stories, humor, and rock opera theatrics, resulting in a strangely coherent cinematic music experience.
Circus Devils members:
Robert Pollard (voice, lyrics, album art, animus): Called the "godfather of indie rock," Robert founded the band Guided By Voices in 1983 while teaching in Dayton, Ohio. Also considered to be one of the most prolific songwriters alive today, Robert continues to put out records under his own name, including two full-length releases on Merge records in 2006. Robert says: “Circus Devils is real.”
Todd Tobias (drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and noises, man behind the curtain): Since 2001, when Todd became Guided by Voices' house producer, he has collaborated with Robert Pollard on more than twelve records, including four releases from Circus Devils. In addition to production and engineering, Todd serves as the one-man back-up band on Robert Pollard's solo records. Todd makes his nest near Akron, Ohio. Todd says: “Our music is for everyone.”
Tim Tobias (guitar, rock): Tim has been fronting bands in the Cleveland area since the 1980's, including Four Coyotes and Gem. In 1999, Pollard asked Tim to join Guided by Voices on bass. Currently Tim fronts the band Clouds Forming Crowns (also with brother Todd), and serves as the off-and-on-again third wheel of Circus Devils. Tim says: “We is from under space.”
Release date: July 24, 2007