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The Slambovian Circus of Dreams


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Alt-folk/Americana

Status:

Most recent release, A Very Slambovian Christmas (seasonal live, 2015); most recent regular release, A Box of Everything (2014)

See also:

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams's website

The Slambovian Circus of Dreams's bandcamp page

Comparisons:

The Band, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, The Beatles

Covers/own material:

Own, occasional ocvers

General comments:

Intriguing, multi-faceted music. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)

Recommended first album:

A Box of Everything is the only one we've heard

Recordings:

  • A Good Thief Tips His Hat (2000)
  • Flapjacks From The Sky (2004)
  • The Grand Unravel (2008)
  • The Circus Does Dylan (live covers, 2010)
  • The Grand Slambovians (2011)
  • Every Little Light (single, 2014)
  • A Box of Everything (2014)
  • Folk II (as The Slambovian Folk Society, 2015)
  • Suddenly It's Christmas (single, date unknown)
  • A Very Slambovian Christmas (seasonal live, 2015)

A Box of Everything

Release info:

2014—Red River—RRECD134

Availability:

See The Slambovian Circus of Dreams's bandcamp page

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Joziah Longo—vocals, acoustic guitars, harmonica, jawhapr, mandolin, banjo
Tink Lloyd—accordion, cello, ukelele, melodica, terhemin, flute, backing vocals
Sharkey McEwen—electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Eric Puente—drums, percussion
Tony Zuzulo—drums (1, 3-7, 9-13)
Chen Longo—bass, backing vocals; vocals (3, 10, 13)
Orien Longo—piano, bass, backing vocals; vocals (4, 6, 7)

Guest artists:

Seth Gallagher—uilleann pipe
Paul Silverman—piano, callipe, piano, organ
Stacy Labriola—backing vocals
Michael Polito—stand-up bass
Rocky & Nikki Shiga—tombone & clainet
Kevin Pickard—keyboard consultant & bell

Produced by:

Shakrey McEwen and The Circus

Comments:

A very intriguing collection summarizing the band's unique yet rootsy sound. Joziah Longo has a voice that occasionally recalls Tom Petty, but the sound is more psychedelic than that implies. "A Box of everything" (the song) is a nice, trippy song that has a sturdy melody that anchors it in reality. "The Trans Slambovian BiPolar Express" is a bluesy epic with some great harmonica parts. "Light a way" is a soft, pensive song that they handle well. Every song here is worth a listen, and it's a great introduction to a fine band. (stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Thanks to Anna Maria Stjärnell for work on this entry.

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