Circus of Power

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Circus of Power
Origin New York, New York, United States
Genres Hard rock,[1] sleaze rock,[2] heavy metal,[3] pop metal[4]
Years active 1986–1995, 2014–present
Labels RCA, Columbia
Associated acts
  • NY Loose
  • Uncle Max's Cosmic Band
  • Fat Nancy
  • Second Ring of Power
Members
Past members
  • Anthony Portillo
  • Ricky Mahler
  • Ryan Maher
  • Joey Wrecked (Maya)
  • Gary Sunshine
  • Marc Frappier
  • Craymore Stevens
  • Victor Indrizzo
  • Zowie

Circus of Power is a rock band formed in New York City in 1986.

Overview[edit]

Circus of Power is a band formed in 1986 in New York City, the band members are known for their tattoos, biker-band lyrics, and leather outfits. Members have included vocalist Alex Mitchell, guitar players Ricky Mahler and Gary Sunshine, bass guitarist Craymore Stevens, and drummer Joey Wrecked.

In July 1987, Joey Wrecked quit the band and was replaced by Ryan Maher, the group played in New York for several years until they signed a contract with RCA Records. Around 1990, Gary Sunshine switched to guitar, and Zowie joined as bass guitarist; in 1990, Circus of Power was named as the lone opening band for a complete tour of Black Sabbath in support of their album Tyr.[5]

Zowie was replaced by Marc 'Frap' Frappier, and Ryan Maher by Victor Indrizzo; in 1991 the band signed to Columbia Records and relocated to Los Angeles. Circus of Power disbanded around 1995.

Revivals[edit]

In 2006, Circus of Power played two 20th-anniversary shows, the first was in Austin, Texas at Elysium on June 3, during the Republic of Texas Biker Rally, and the second in New York City at Don Hill's on September 27. The NYC performance included Queen Vixen and Honey 1Percenter from Cycle Sluts from Hell on backing vocals, with Daniel Rey (Ramones) and Phil Caivano (Monster Magnet) as guest performers. It was their first New York performance in 12 years.

A 2007 interview indicated that singer Alex Mitchell planned to resurrect the band with a new album.[6]

In 2008 Circus of Power was offered the opportunity to play two events, neither of which they could attend due to scheduling conflicts, the first was the Republic of Texas Biker Rally in June, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August.[citation needed][relevant? ]

On December 1, 2008, Mitchell informed circusofpower.net that Rock Candy Records would issue a remastered release of Circus of Power's eponymous debut album.[7] A reunion show was held on June 27, 2009 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles to promote the reissue and celebrate Club Vodka's seventh anniversary.[citation needed]

After some solo efforts and a few one-off "reunion" gigs, Mitchell added Fat Nancy and Captain Zapped to the line-up; in late 2014, they entered the studio to record fresh material. The new line-up shot a video for the song "Hard Drivin' Sister".[citation needed]

In 2016 the band recorded a new single and video, "American Monster", that featured Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes. Circus of Power then began work on their first full-length album in over 25 years, for a planned release in late 2017.[citation needed]

Members[edit]

The current line up consists of:

  • Alex Mitchell – vocals
  • Billy Tsounis – guitar
  • Joe Truck – guitar
  • John Sharkey – bass guitar
  • Brant Bjork – drums

Former members:

  • Joey Wrecked (Maya) – drums (1986-1987)
  • Craymore Stevens – bass guitar (1986–1990)
  • Ricky Mahler – lead guitar (1986–1995)
  • Gary Sunshine – rhythm guitar (1986–1995)
  • Ryan Maher – drums (1987–1991)
  • Zowie Ackermann – bass guitar (1990–1991)
  • Marc Frappier – bass guitar (1991–1995)
  • Victor Indrizzo – drums (1991–1995)
  • Tony Portillo – drums (2014–2015)
  • JK Fortyseven – drums (2015–2016)
  • Scotty Slam – drums (2016)
  • Joe E – guitar (2016)

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Title Details Chart positions Notes
US
Circus of Power 185
Vices
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: RCA Records
Magic & Madness
Four
  • Released: December 8, 2017
  • Label: Noize in the Attic

EPs/Live Albums[edit]

Title Details Chart positions Notes
US
Still Alive
Live at the Ritz
  • Released: 1991
  • Label: RCA

Tracks in film and television[edit]

  • "Machine", from the band's 1988 eponymous debut album, was featured in the comedy movie The 'Burbs the following year. Corey Feldman's character, Ricky Butler, played air guitar during the song's intro.
  • They performed "Call of the Wild" and "Letter Home" at the end of a 1989 episode of The Morton Downey Jr. Show concerning heavy metal.
  • In the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Eating Contest", the two watch the music video for "Heaven or Hell". Beavis mistakes the band for Alice in Chains, to which Butt-head responds that they are not that band yet they sound like them.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, William; Cogan, Brian (2009). Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music. Greenwood Press. p. 53. ISBN 978-0-313-34800-6. 
  2. ^ Jeffries, Vincent. "Circus of Power – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ Wurtzel, Elizabeth (May 28, 1990). "Metal Urges". New York. Vol. 23 no. 21. p. 71. ISSN 0028-7369. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Circus of Power – Vices". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  5. ^ Black Sabbath Tour Date Archives Archived 2010-09-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Alex Mitchell interview Jan. 24, 2007
  7. ^ CircusofPower.net Page December 1, 2008