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Silver Flower

by Circus Mind

RETRO FUNKY ROCK with Flavors of Traffic, Little Feat, Beatles, Badfinger, Tower of Power, Bill Withers, The Meters, Dr.John, Randy Newman and so many more. A lot of fun great musicians and super catchy melodies. Check it out.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Swing Set
3:36 $0.99
2. Some Things Don't Change
5:31 $0.99
3. Drown in your Sea
5:55 $0.99
4. Silver Flower
3:33 $0.99
5. Divided We Fall
4:05 $0.99
6. I want to know
4:26 $0.99
7. Injuns Comin'
4:44 $0.99
8. Done
6:39 $0.99
9. Brighter Day
4:01 $0.99
10. Possessed
3:52 $0.99
11. How Many Days
6:54 $0.99
12. 1,000 Goodbye's
6:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
With their 2nd release launched and their 7th year as a band, Circus Mind has clearly narrowed their focus to funky retro rock grooves. Slimming the band to a 4 piece while saving their horns for a few needed tunes, the band has honed their musicality in their sound and the songwriting to create an explosive project.

The new release entitled “Silver Flower” puts a modern take on mid-late 70’s influences such as Traffic, Steely Dan, Little Feat, Mott the Hoople plus N’awlin Vibes such as Dr.John, The Meters and The Neville Brothers.

Unlike their first CD which welcomed many special guests such as members of the Neville Brothers, Meters, Soulive and Deep Banana Blackout to name a few CM keeps this project in house for what becomes a much clearer picture of “Who is Circus Mind?”

The band met in the late 90's when lead singer Mark Rechler opened headshop/pet store. "It seemed like a brilliant idea at the time" Rechler said. I then hired guitarist Dave Berg to help clean the hampster cages and
create habitrails out of bong parts, and as it turned out he was an expert in all things heady.Drummer George Hooks shortly joined as shop manager making sure the parakeets were getting along with the Ferrets and keeping them all away from the glass bowls. Chris Croby the bass player was a regular customer of course who became closr with the crew. Well the shop was just a "head" of its time of course and things just went south. Thats when we decided to form a band. check it out!!!

Circus Mind’s members are diverse in their influences as well as their playing:

-Drummer George “Drum Man” Hooks was a long time Ringling Brothers band member on tour for 11 years. Playing prog, jazz, or eastern european speed metal horahs is standard issue for this Zildjian & Remo sponsored Drum master.

-Bassist Chris Crosby has a serious case of spider fingers and can solo as good as any guitarist and has studied under Oteil Burbridge of Allman Brothers fame.
A young funkster from a family of highly respected musicians.

- Guitarist David Berg is rooted in Jazz, Reggae, and Bluegrass. and has toured with Dark Star Orchestra’s as “the bobby guy”. Dave’s fluid rock style keeps the band in a constant snake like flow.

- Lead vocalist, Keyboardist and Songwriter Mark Rechler has been the band’s creator and leader. Spending 5 years in New Orleans studying Music & Architecture helped influence his style and direction, while always focusing on the hook to keep his listeners salivating and wanting more.

Great song writing plus top notch musicianship equals a fun rockin good time!



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Best classic rock/jam band album of 2006 so far
Every song is memorable, the production is top notch, vocals spot on, and the musicianship rules.
They have obvious classic rock and jam band influences, but somehow manage to develop a sound of thier own.


Ryk Yafi

A jambalaya of tasty morsels of funk, rock, and the unexpected
From the opening funk explosion of Swing Set, Circus Mind's new album, Silver Flower, transcends the ordinary New Orleans-based sound, taking it to ethereal phrasings, poignant lyrics, and syncopated rhythms. With ballads such as Done and 1000 Goodbye's, the band proves it can bring it down with meaningful personal introspection. Brighter Day makes you feel like truckin' down Bourbon Street with a boozy Hurricane spilling over your nice clean shoes. How Many Days? and Drown In Your Sea offer a pleasant departure from the rest of the album's songs, with distinctive chord progressions and powerful guitar riffs. Injuns Comin has a catchy refrain that will keep you humming. Some Things is the band's answer to John Lennon's How Do You Feel?. You wouldn't want to be on the other end of these dismissive lyrics. Possessed features a magical keyboard solo, and Silver Flower (the song) excites us with a charged beat and fresh Moog riff.
With each successive listen, Circus Mind's Silver Flower will endeavor to refine and vary your musical appreciation.


unbelievable,just what music needed- makes me long for N.O. Jazz fest
New Music looook out, great blend of sounds,ideas and styles,this band has found something.Cannot give it 5 stars although the potential is there. They (C.M)really sound like they are having a great time with this.

Julie Thomson

Circus Mind is an old school meets new school rock n roll walk in the park!
I love love love this new CD by Circus Mind! The band sounds sooo good every song is really different yet it still sounds like Circus Mind. From funky rock to jammy latin groovey jams to worldly vibes to New Orleans bar room Circus Mind's got it goin on! When you comin to Wisconsin?

Newday - Rafer Guzman

We posted this review from New York's Newsday
Funky, funny hard-rocking and full of attitude, Circus Mind comes on like some of the best eccentric artists of the FM era. On the new disc, "Silver Flower,” Singer-keyboardist Mark Rechler borrows Warren Zevon’s warped humor, Steely Dan’s subtle hostility and the James Gangs uptight white-boy grooves . Through it all, the Glen Cove based Band which includes guitarist David Berg, Bassist Chris Crosby, and Drummer George Hooks, shows impressive chops, biting deep into traditional, blues based rock.

The disc kicks off with a down-and-dirty number called “Swing Set” which contains some decidedly strange pick-up lines: “You want to know where the party’s at?” Rechler sing in a gravelly voice. “Well I know a good one with a wrestling mat.” Next comes a simmering mood piece called “Some Things Don’t Change” with Rechler taking apart an unfortunate someone: “Still I can’t figure out why I am still friends with you/ But after you here this you’ll know that we are through.”

And so it goes for 12 terrific songs, each one tackling familiar ground in an appealing new way. Check out the title track, where the band uses The Beatles “Taxman” riff to create a whole new tune or “How Many Days” which melds smooth harmonies and shaggy guitar solos. Even the New Orleans jazz number “Brighter Day” manages to avoid cliché, and it’s one of many sons that put a hot horn section to good use.

Circus Mind could easily settle for being a bar-band and a great one but the songwriting is too keen, too clever for that. With national acts such as Scissor Sisters, Diamond Nights, and Grand Mal successfully reviving the 70’s, there’s no reason Circus Mind shouldn’t get it’s due.

Todd Lantana

Funky Rock Explosion and a Classic Rock Smorgasbord!
The new Circus Mind CD grabbed me right away. The opener is a funk rock slice of heaven and it is rockin good time all the way through. This record seems much more consistant than the last one. It sounds like the band has matured and grown and really got threir sound together. My favorite three tunes are "Swing Set", the New Orleansy "Brighter Day" and that all out Funk Rocker almost Red Hot Circus Peppers "Injuns Comin". I can't wait to hear these songs live! I highly recommend this to whomever likes great rock n roll from the Beatles to Phish, The Band to Beck. I can taste all the delicious flavors!