Fatback Circus, a local Austin, Texas favorite, whose true talent and versatility has sparked comparisons to various modern, southern and classic rock bands, is undoubtedly on the verge of becoming a regional and national success. The sheer musical ability of this four-piece is very refreshing and a delight to listen to, yet the group's inescapable energy and passion should definitely be experienced up close and in person. The band's sound can be described as an eclectic mix of classic and modern rock with hints of folk and country.
Fatback Circus, originally just named Fatback was comprised by Dalton Chamblee on bass, Nathan Campbell on guitar and backup vocals, Andy Arterbery on Lead Vocals, Justin Laughlin on drums and Aaron Campbell on lead guitar. Fatback Circus has a long history of performing together, each member having been born, raised, and musically baptized in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
The band initially gained recognition in their hometown of Stillwater, but after a few years, Justin Laughlin left the band to pursue other interests, causing the band to replace him with their old musical chum Garrett Ross, on his summer break from Trinity College in 2002. Subsequently, Garrett went back to college after the summer forcing the band to find yet another drummer to fill the shoes. The band needed to make a drastic move; either move to L.A and find a drummer or move to San Antonio where Garrett lived and already knew their songs. They chose the latter because San Antonio is just down the street from the music capital of the world, Austin, TX.
Fatback, now living in San Antonio quickly became a name on the local scene, and decided to add some funk into their repertoire by adding a horn section to the mix and changed their name to Fatback Circus, with Sam Berniard on Trumpet and Domingo Llagostera on saxophone.
That year, the band recorded their first album "Radio Arcadia.” But, just after the album was finished Andy Arterbery decided to leave the band, and Nathan stepped up as lead singer and the band began to write new material. The band then wrote and released "The Elephant King" in 2006, which was well received and expanded the popularity and recognition of Fatback Circus in the Austin area, ensuring their respectability in the Austin music scene. In 2007 Domingo Llagostera quit to fulfill other ambitions and Sam Berniard followed his lead shortly thereafter. The band found replacement horn players, Alex Sutherlin on saxophone and Amber Rivera on trumpet, to fill in and continue to promote the album.
After “The Elephant King,” the band chose to shed the horns altogether leaving the final and current core of the band.....Dalton, Nathan, Aaron and Garrett, where they finally took on their permanent and undoubtedly ideal identity as a rock solid quartet. Since then Fatback has written and recorded two more albums, “Dark World” and their self-titled. Fatback Circus now resides in Austin, TX, where they continue to write, record, and perform songs that entertain their fans as well as themselves.
Fatback Circus has had the honor of performing with bands such as The Flaming Lips, Seether, The Presidents of the United States of America, Default, Fastball, Thin Lizzy, The Burden Brothers, and Pepper. The band's music video, "Brain Damage" was featured in the South By Southwest music video showcase. The group also earned itself a spot on the 2009 Vans Warped tour after winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the bands competition.
Under it's belt, Fatback Circus has four full-length albums, "Radio Arcadia" (2004), "The Elephant King" (2006), "Dark World" (2009), and it's most recent, self titled "Fatback Circus" released in 2011. In addition, the group has turned out numerous music videos assisted by masterful direction from talents such as up and coming movie director, Jabbar Raisani ("Iron Man," "Predators," "Game of Thrones"), Taylor Bolding ("Paranorman"), and Trouble Maker Studio's own, Rodney Burnet. The videos for 'Jessica,' ‘Dust Bowl Blues,' 'World Color,' and 'Brain Damage' can be enjoyed on various websites. Fatback Circus has recently gone back into the studio and is hard at work promoting their newest single release for the quartet's latest infectious folk-anthem, "Summertime is Boring."
Additionally, Fatback Circus enjoys participating in charity benefits and other fundraisers. Some organizations include The American Cancer Society, The Chenoa Manor Animal Sanctuary, The Texas Spirits Organization, as well as the Lance Armstrong Foundation.