NY ~ CT ~ MA ~ PA ~ NJ ~ MD
Recently this mix & match group of people in The Traveling Circus realized they are all from the same corners of LI; playing music and expressing art in parallel planes of existences. Early Summer in 2012 everything finally synced up and artists from all different genres and backgrounds came together and threw house parties, local showcases, art exhibitions, bar events, birthday bashes, fests, ect. every weekend since then and still. These were shows expressing art & noise, freedom of speech, comedy & versatility; venues packed out with friends & fans of the bands, people dancing to no end, doing their thing, there and then like everyone else was doing. The most eclectic group of individuals coming together to share one constant – artistic expression.
The Traveling Circus is an idea that even precedes some of the acts involved. Destined to happen it holds roots in the formation of many of our circus’s key members. The fuse was lit on a day when Nick & Ed, from the local garage rock band A New Bug, were skimming through a book store in Oswego before a show in their make-shift week tour of upstate New York 2012 . Nick blindly suggested a book to Ed who went on to wonder, “that was strange I’ve been hearing about this book; maybe it’s just because Nick and I have the same birthday or something?” They went on in their day… probably smoking pot. Then what comes to follow is a series of coincidences that lead to this tour; completely naturally without any effort at all. First being blind coincidences happening right when Ed started reading the book. Phil Kesey a.k.a Terminal Phillness local Trip Hop Artist & leader of the posse of people “The Merry Pranksters” – unknowingly named after the day-glow group led by Ken Kesey in the 60’s – would have A New Bug perform his exclusive house parties (like Kesey & The Grateful Dead??), and while hanging out taking part in the goods being passed around; the book and the tightly niched group of people at Phil’s started to piece together in a profound way. Characters of the group started to meld perfectly with characters portrayed in the biographical book as if they read and knew it well, but none of them had. “It was very bizarre how after that whole experience of meeting Ph’kesey – as I call him – friendships started to blossom. For instance my girlfriend Sheila & Mxw Peter from The Sub Atomic Waves; both of them and many more I would have never met if it wasn’t for that spontaneous meeting – plus we were indirectly connected through other friends before we had even met,” Eddie Lo in an interview with “The Press of Today” an unknown, unofficial paper-brown newspaper. The multiplication of this whole scenario led to friends of friends of friends who are all in bands, and who are all artists & comedians getting together and befriending eachother.
This will be a tour to be remembered by, taking these two Long Island bands along with friends through the northeast to play at bars & venues across the coast. InCircles is in on this tour with their high-energy Grunge Punk us Long Islanders & city dwellers know well, but now the north-east waits tense for the swell https://www.facebook.com/incirclesmusic; as well as NY psych rock band A New Bug spreading the infectious pulsation of atoms with their garage barrage of Rock & Roll sensations https://www.facebook.com/anewbug. We also have side acts for this Traveling Circus including:Rich Michelson with some original new age nuclear folk to steady the circus’ hurricane, the eye of the storm if I may say so myself https://www.facebook.com/echosinwaves. Destructasaurus Rex will dismantle the night with their mechanical jaws tearing up the stage-lights. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Destructasaurus-Rex/149989411762495?ref=ts&fref=ts. The Tiny Elephant will stomp along the grass playing his acoustic guitar like an imp on the lash. https://www.facebook.com/TheTinyElephants?ref=ts&fref=ts. As well as Terminal Philness in a Top Hat with his Tryptomine Hip Hop introductions, acapella or backed by drummings; our Ring Leader for the evening & first show for the summoning https://twitter.com/eMCeePhilth.
This bus tour is currently underworks, booking & planning being done by Mxw Pete from Planet of Sound Promotions https://www.facebook.com/planetofsoundpromotions/
Recorded and taped at Basement Wrechords LI https://www.facebook.com/basementrecordsli?fref=ts. Contributions by all bands/artists & people attending.
As the Electric Kool-Aid Test foreshadowed it’s existence, what Eddie Lo was wondering why & what it all had meant, the accumulation of time has lead up to this…
~ The Traveling Circus Tour in August~
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