If you think of crossing Tom Waits with the Band, and have them play a punk/country/blues/bluegrass hybrid, you might come close to the Circus of Flames' sound. The Circus is led by Doug Andrew, who contributes lead vocal and guitar, as well as writing or co-writing 11 of the 12 songs. His songs seem to reflect the viewpoint of an average guy who has been to a good party and is glad to be in the company of his friends. They are out for a good time, and their playing, rather than being flawless, reflects their simple joy of making music together. Order a copy at The Circus in Flames, P.O. Box 74532, 2803 West 4th Ave., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6K 4P4.
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AllMusic Review by Bob Gottlieb