The Invincible Czars (Austin, TX)
"The Invincible Czars, from catchy name to daunting stage presence, are a rare breed. They bring bizarre, but methodical math-rock heavily influenced by classical music, polka, and even some country and jazz. Self-described as "a rock soundtrack to a sci-fi film with interruptions by a myriad of genres," we couldn't agree more...the Czars are renowned for eclectic and sophisticated compositions. Oh yeah, they're classy all right. They've arranged music for works like Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" and Mussorgsky's "A Night on Bald Mountain." - The Austinist
Austin's Invincible Czars have become known and lauded for their sprawling catalog of original material and for arrangements of classical works such as Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and 1812 Overture. They are currently documenting their silent film works in a new CD-R series, rehearsing a re-working of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition to be performed as a double-band with Austin avant jazz-rockers Bee vs. Moth and developing more original material.
The group's original songs and instrumental pieces are highly composed "mini-symphonies" chock full of memorable melodies, meticulous arrangements, dynamics, and humor. They fuse riff rock, classical music, loungey grooves, spacey klezmer, country shuffles, and circusy polka. They draw from a myriad of disparate influences from Prokofiev to Primus, Louis Armstrong to Van Halen, and Bach to Zappa. The band applies the DIY attitude of post-punk groups like NoMeansNo and Fugazi to their musical explorations, resulting in a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.
The group's annual dance-it-yourself Nutcracker Kids' Show has become an annual tradition and other seasonal events like the Olde Fashioned Independence Day Indoor Picnic set them apart from their peers. They even co-present an unofficial showcase during South by Southwest each year called the Bizarrebecue, presenting the best of international art rock in Austin during SxSW.
The Invincible Czars are known by many for their original new scores for silent movies which they perform live at indoor and outdoor theaters. In their eleven years of existence, the band has performed at private events, nightclubs, parks, theaters, museums, radio stations, community centers, museums, grocery stores, restaurants, television stations, sky scraper plazas, bedrooms and radio studios from San Francisco to New Orleans.
Come See My Dead Person (Galveston/Houston, TX)
Come See My Dead Person is an eclectic blend of multi-cultural music unbound by any one genre. Fusing a multitude of styles from folk, rock, bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz, to polka, punk, country, latin, and soul, CSMDP provides a little something for everyone and a whole lot in between.
Where you find Come See My Dead Person you are sure to find a frenzied crowd dancing and laughing uncontrollably (at whom we’re still not sure). If you like fun that doesn’t cause a murder then we are for you (if you like fun that *does* cause a murder, just let us know on the down-low; see, I know this guy…). We’ve recently stumbled upon a growing interest in our sound and despite our best efforts people keep coming back for more. Like it or not, it seems the world may very well be ready for Come See My Dead Person…
(doors 9pm, $10)