Circus Contraption is an honest-to-goodness, one-ring traveling circus based in Seattle, Washington. No circus worth its salt would venture out without a live band, and Circus Contraption has one of the best around, churning out loony-croony, quirky-jerky, gypsy carnival opera music. They create "grandly kaleidoscopic" music incorporating three lead singers, accordion, banjo, guitar, bass, clarinet, piano, saxophone, musical saw, trumpet, trombone, tuba, washboard, drums, sandpaper, rusty junk and elbow grease.
"The Half-Wit's Descent" is Circus Contraption's fourth album, featuring tales of narcissistic crooners, lascivious hussies, Coney Island sideshows, and parading pink pachyderms. Come join us for our party at the end of the world!
How do others describe the band and its music?
"Wildly creative" - Seattle Times
"An amazing circus orchestra" - Bay Guardian
"Freakin' stellar" - East Bay Express
"A lurid hurdy-gurdy hybrid of Fellini movie soundtracks and Tom Waits." - The Stranger
"With amazing skill and versatility, Circus Contraption combines frolicking rhythms with sinister words and melodies." - Seattle P-I