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Circus Under No Tent

by Cast of Characters

Drinkin', danceable, progressive, hard hitting, funk-rock-techno-rap music that gets you movin' like you just pounded a flat of red bull jagers, smoked a pound of salvia, and have been previously diagnosed with ADHD.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 2 - 4 Measure
4:03 $0.99
2. Chloe's Dopen
4:28 $0.99
3. Come on, Go on
4:20 $0.99
4. Caught a Case
2:16 $0.99
5. Feast Your Eyes
4:25 $0.99
6. See Me Again
6:02 $0.99
7. All Go Down
2:36 $0.99
8. Tough Luck
3:52 $0.99
9. Short Fuse
5:16 $0.99
10. Cartoons
4:22 $0.99
11. Mai Tai
6:09 $0.99
12. Tweak Out
5:36 $0.99
13. G.R.E.
9:58 $0.99
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Album Notes
Cast of Characters ARE a Circus Under No Tent

The Cast of Characters, a hot, young, and disease-free band from the Pacific Northwest that released their new self-released full-length album, Circus Under No Tent,in 2006. The album is the latest masterwork of artistic expression in a lineage, which includes Michelangelo's David, William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, Frances Ford Coppola's The Godfather, and MC Hammer's Pumps and a Bump.

Circus Under No Tent is the culmination of a year of studio work, songwriting, touring, and awkward homoerotic tension for the Cast of Characters. The music contained within the album is a strong, fluid blend of melodic vocals, blazing guitar, funky drums, and pants-pooping bass that is sure to set the world ablaze like an accident in a meth lab. The album is at times thoroughly danceable and penetratingly thoughtful, and a listen to the songs hints at influences as varied as the Minutemen, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Sublime, Matthew Good, Cake, generic-sounding indie rock, and muscle relaxants.

Seabass, the hockey-helmeted six-string slinger of Cast of Characters, is proud of the new album, and optimistic about the band's possible success.

"(Circus Under No Tent) is an epic piece of work that should land us a multimillion dollar record deal and touring contract, so that we can hire all our friends and none of them will have to work (expletive deleted) real jobs anymore," Seabass said.

JC Penney, the individual who plays the instrument most often ignored and undervalued in rock music, the lowly and pathetic bass guitar, also feels jubilant and boastful regarding the new release.

"Wow, I can't believe that the guys in the band let me talk about the new album for this press release. I wish they would have told me what to say, I really don't know what to do now. I think I heard Seabass mention he liked the way the end of "Come On, Go On" turned out, so I guess I like that too, " JC Penney said.

The man responsible for the percussive poundings on Circus Under No Tent, Cypress, said that he enjoyed the process of making the album, but has a few reservations about his own gimmicks.

"I am proud of (Circus Under No Tent), but wish I had had more time to work on the drum tracks. In particular, I wish I had added some clanking cowbells to a few songs. I'm from the country and the cowbells remind me of cold wet nights sitting out on the porch listening to the dumbass cows clonk around in the dark," Cypress said.

Bucketz, the enigmatic lead singer of the Cast of Characters, is currently in India receiving spiritual guidance from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and so he was unavailable for comment on the new album. However, Bucketz has a well-maintained internet diary on which he has posed an entry addressing Circus Under No Tent.

"One of the greatest and most profound things the Maharishi has allowed me to reflect upon is that the ocean is composed of drops of water so numerous, counting them would be a task both impossible and improbable. Perhaps our new album will be just another drop in the Atlantic, unnoticed by all but the most focused observer and lost in the churning tide of history. Or maybe Circus Under No Tent will not be a mere droplet of moisture, but a raging tsunami, which drowns the entirety of humanity in a tidal wave of love and oneness. I need to go now and meditate on these things while I chant and smoke another pound of hashish," Bucketz said in his blog.

Circus Under No Tent will be made available through, the Cast of Characters website, and numerous music retailers. Cast of Characters will be playing a multitude of shows in support of the album, so check out -

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Awesome CD!
COC's first full-length CD is really catchy and there is a good mix of slow and fast alternative, with some techno and rap songs as well. I highly recommend the cuts "Caught a Case", "Feast your Eyes," and "Chloes Dopen." Hot guitar riffs on "Tough Luck" too. All in all the CD rocks.

Adam "Flying T" Huddleston

A really long review that's going to look like crap without return breaks.
Circus Under No Tent: It's About Fucking Time by Adam "Flying T" Huddleston

If you're like me, you've been waiting for almost a year or more for Bellingham/Seattle-based Cast Of Characters to get their fucking shit together and finish this goddamn album. After much drinking, then some shows, followed by some more drinking, and some more shows, and some hash, and some drinking, they've finally achieved this end with a self-released 13-track masterpiece featuring their asscracks on the cover art.

Most of this shit I've heard before, as I've been begging Brendan "Seabass" Madden to let me use at least one COC track in a festival film I've been toiling away on since last year. However, Circus Under No Tent does pack quite a number of surprises. For example, you'll never know how surprised I was to see four guys' asscracks on the front cover when I picked up the album.

Equally surprising was the fruitcake at the record store. As a favor, and in the hopes of getting free shit, I took a stack of CDs to a local indie retailer's shop in the Capital Hill area of Seattle. Capital Hill is known to be a gay mecca, as well as something of a cultural hub in the Pacific Northwest, in case you don't live up here. Anyway, I go to drop off some CDs at this unnamed record store, and I sign the paperwork and da-da-da. So the guy breaks down the rules and conditions, has me fill out some shit, and then when I turn to leave he says, "Thanks, honey." "Thanks, honey?" What the fuck?! This is the type of harassment I have to endure just so my friend can sell some fucking CDs? Don't get me wrong, I was kind of flattered, but I didn't have the dude pegged as gay, plus my girlfriend was waiting in the car and would've been suspicious if I'd have taken the time to blow the guy in the store and everything. Anyway, I should have figured it out once I noticed how intently he was studying the cover art (no doubt trying to figure out which member of the band I was), which, as I stated before, has the cracks of their asses on it.

First up on the shameless exhibition of asscrackery masquerading itself as a CD is "2-4 Measure", which of course refers to the length of Bucketz's penis (2 inches soft, 4 inches hard. I saw a video about this.). Then we have "Chloe's Dopen", which The Buttcrack Brigade has been rocking out at shows for over a year now (I guess, I'm being paid to write this and only had to go to like two shows). "Come On, Go On" will hopefully feature in a prominent scene in my afore-mentioned art film thing, while "Caught A Case" is another ode to the promiscuous Bucketz's penis.

"Feast Your Eyes" is a trippy exercise in…fuck it, I'm not sure what the song's actually about, but it sounds like it's got something to do with tits, and Ryan (Strait A Students) Richardson, as always, steps up to the plate and mixes the living fuck out of this one. Oh, and it also sounds like there's a chick getting off in the background for a second, which I know was mixed in, because no member of COC has ever heard this noise in real life, and certainly would never have the time to record it even if they did.

"See Me Again" is, of course, a reworking of Babyface's "When Will I See You Again", most notable for its sweetly killer guitar opening that proceeds, gradually, to rocktitude.

"All Go Down" opens up almost every COC show I've seen. It's pretty high energy, and has a Down's Syndrome "Look, honey, it's a Special Olympics talent show!" kind of quality to it, accentuated by the fact that the guitarist is wearing a fucking hockey helmet. Bucketz, however, neglects to open the track with his signature "Let's get this fucker rollin'!!!" or even a "Let's get wasted!", a clear indicator of the band's newfound born-again Christian status.

I had to run to the bank to straighten out some debit fraud on my account, so the last fucking thing I wanted to listen to was a song called "Tough Luck". When I got back though, I listened to "Short Fuse" and I have to admit, something in it took me back to the music I listened in college, which is kind of charming in a gay "Thanks, honey" kind of way.

"Cartoons" is great, because it sounds like something a stoned guy thought up…(clearing throat) ahem.

It has recently come out through the investigative efforts of the New York Times that one of the key weapons of torture in the recent overseas American prison/interrogation scandals was the COC song "Mai Thai". Suspected terrorists were bound by their hands and hung from the ceiling in the dark, forced to listen to this song for 24 hours at a time, a single drop of water repeatedly drip-drip-dripping on their forehead until they cracked.

"Tweak Out" is pretty good if you've been injecting cocaine and lemon juice into your veins and haven't slept in three days.

"G.R.E."---I'm not going to get too far into it, just listen. Especially the end.

Here's to your ends---or, more to the point, the cracks in C.O.C.'s.---Adam

P.S. Much reeeee-spect to Ryan Richardson for mixing another killer album. And by "Killer" I mean "album with four asscracks on it". Dude, you are like the Bob Rock/Phil Spector/Butch Vig/Bruce Dickinson of albums with dudes' asses on them. Thanks, honey.


fucking amazing
Ever since i got the cd is been non-stop CoC!! Their sound is very different and fun. Number 6 "See Me Again" and number 13 "G.R.E." are pretty much my favorite songs ever...CoC is AMAZING!