Circus Mind is a New York-based rock outfit and the brainchild of ringleader Mark Rechler. The band is entering their twentieth year and are soon to release their third album Joy Machine, a delightful mashup of the retro sounds of ’70s rock and funk with N’awlins swamp rock mixed with late-Beatles pop. The first Joy Machine single “Are You Ready?” features guest guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer on a funky rock throwback that has roots in P-Funk, Sly Stone, and other ’70s rock and soul vibes. All of the flavors that Circus Mind wears on its sleeve as a badge of honor from the writing to the production. The album also features Walter Wolfman Washington, Scott Metzger, Ivan Neville, Big Sam, Marc Ribot, and more special guests.
The band is able to daringly swing from jazzy grooves to reggae roots then shoot out of a canon into rock without missing a beat. Their last release “Silver Flower” was voted Best Indie Album of 2006 by Newsday and put a modern take on influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, and Mott the Hoople while mixing in NoLa vibe influences like Dr. John, The Meters and The Neville Brothers. The last Circus Mind single “Jazzfest Time” was released one year ago as an ode to the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Circus Mind is quite versatile and has opened for national acts (Toots & The Maytals, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators) and had many notable guests sit in on their recordings and live performances (Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Cyril Neville).