I’ve been wanting to write a Circus Contraption review pretty much since I started this blog, but I can’t begin to describe how amazingly awesome they are and how devastated I was to find out that a few days before I had found out about them, they had performed their last show in The Show to End All Shows. This band is unique and dark and showy. It’s funny and perverse and beautiful. There is nothing about them that I don’t love. They perform their shows as a one-ring circus complete with aerial performances, clowns, and freak shows. As I’ve said before on this blog, there’s nothing I love more than a dark and sexy circus, and their old CDs feature all that and more in an oldworld, vaudevillian, and all-around jazzy setting.
Not that they’ve ever left my mind since I recklessly bought all of their CDs last year, but their newest CD for The Show to End All Shows just came out this month and I had to snatch it up immediately. It’s very different from their other shows. I absolutely love it and I wouldn’t change a thing about it, but it’s not the CD I would start new Circus Contraption fans on. It’s a much more modern show with a lot darker themes. It’s less circus and more 1960’s variety show with the worst of religious television thrown in. They’ve definitely had strong things to say about religion before but in this modernized version, instead of burning witches, they’re having the audience shoving money into Poppy Daze’s hotpants. This CD also had a synopsis of the show included, which I was fascinated to read, as I have never seen them live and didn’t really know any of the characters except by voice.
This band is amazing and whatever money they’re making, it’s not enough to compensate them for all the joy they’ve brought me. If you have some time and money on your hands, I would definitely reccommend you buy their CDs, and if you’re in the Seattle area, find out what they’re doing and when. They are worth your time and money.