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Circus Of Power was a tattooed, unshaven and leather-clad biker band that played an uncompromising brand of sleaze metal. Early publicity rumors stated that the band played several shows for the New York chapter of the Hell’s Angels in their formative years.

Formed in the Lower East Side of New York by Alex Mitchell (vocals), Ricky Beck Mahler (guitar), Gary Sunshine (bass) and Ryan Maher (drums), their rough and rugged New York gutter image set them apart from emerging west coast sleaze bands. They toiled in the New York bar scene for years before RCA picked up on their blues-based, AC/DC influenced brand of metal. For Vices, the group moved Sunshine to guitar, and added bassist Zowie as the fifth member. But their brand of raunchy rock ‘n’ roll failed to catch on and the band was dropped.

The band revamped with Zowie being replaced by Mark Frappeir, and Maher by Victor Indrizzo respectively. They signed to Columbia and relocated to Los Angeles, but by the time Magic & Madness saw the light of day, the hard rocking music of the eighties was out of style. Circus Of Power disbanded in the mid-nineties without much fanfare, but has periodically played one-off shows.

Sunshine recorded with NY Loose, The Silos as well as a solo artist since the break-up. Mitchell fronted Uncle Max’s Cosmic Band and its offshoot Fat Nancy, as well as writing a book titled “Life Is A Phantom K-Mart Horse Starting Up In The Middle Of The Night”. Victor Indrizzo became the drummer of the much celebrated desert rock band Masters of Reality and a prominent session musician.


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  • DarrylShaffer76

    shoulda been huuuuge

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Killer rock 'n roll band! Great music for speeding down the highway!

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • zombies82

    After seeing Warrior Soul the other night, I realized these guys were another overlooked band! I never thought of them like that, as they were huge in our world. Oh well, good memories, and the songs live on! Where have all the good bands gone?!

    11 Dec 2012 Reply
  • redecho

    First saw them when they supported Black Sabbath on the "Tyr" tour in 1990!.......Love the Heavy, Sleazy & Gritty Rock sound!!

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Marguip

    Can't believe they don't have more listeners!

    13 Nov 2010 Reply
  • anykanen

    Great band. I had to purchase COP & Vices CD's, I already had old LP's from 80-90's.

    28 Jan 2010 Reply
  • haarlokk

    They look a lot better than that freak avatar of yours! The track Machine, played by Cory Feldman in The 'Burbs is killer!!!

    14 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Bandit72

    Great band, totally underrated. Vices is an incredible album.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • nilzzzon

    excellent and underrated!

    22 Jul 2009 Reply
  • BlackSabbath86

    Vices <3

    25 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Idiots-Rule

    Not more listeners or shouts? What a shame! Circus of Power kicks ass!

    11 Apr 2009 Reply
  • BurningRemnant

    Backseat Mama!!

    15 Nov 2008 Reply
  • cslhclan

    great band

    11 Jul 2008 Reply
  • Larsje1986

    Why is it so hard to get records of Circus of Power in the Netherlands?:(

    14 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Elder0010

    excellent and underrated!!1+

    12 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Bandit72

    Awesome band. Los Angeles is one of my favorites.

    28 Feb 2007 Reply
  • SixEleven77

    No kidding. Everyone should hear Motor and White Trash Queen.

    9 Feb 2007 Reply
  • Satans_Fall

    a relly good band too bad they never relly made it

    4 Jul 2006 Reply

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