MP3 O.C.D. Circus - ROCK: Jam-band
OCD Circus provides 12 songs that blend some beautiful, tuneful "pop" stuff with some real out-there explorations. Lyrics are nicely balanced upon both stories and satire.
12 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Jam-band, ROCK: Progressive Rock
Hey there! O.C.D. Circus here!
O.C.D. Circus is Aaron Walker and Chris Van Scyoc. With a finger on the pulse of the absurd and a keen ear for hooks, O.C.D. Circus pleasingly challenges all listeners with original music that smears stylistic borders with silly putty. Listening to this band is like "petting a cat backwards - something just isn''t right." Chris plays guitars and Aaron plays da drums. Everybody sings!
- ABSURD-O-FEST promo / 2003
Formed at the turn of the century, the duo set out to challenge themselves, their band-mates, and their listeners. They are forever tugging the strings of music. "Doesn''t it feel good to make a discovery or learn something new?"-CVS "That''s what this is about - that feeling of something shared - bringing people together. HEY!"
There is nothing like watching a band performing with smiles on their faces. It''s their enthusiasm that''s so contagious. Over the course of an OCD concert, one will think, belly laugh, reflect and bounce with joy! This band is happy! They remain grateful and generous...a breath of fresh air.
The story is long-winded and prosaic, but the brief, shallow "Extra, Extra" version goes thusly: After some years stumbling about with various bands and musical projects, Chris and Aaron embarked upon independent but simultaneous pilgrimages to a remote monastery in Eureka, Montana to reflect upon their experiences and frustrations with the music business, and to explore meditatively alternative (but straight) lifestyles. Their fortuitous meeting during a workshop on existentialism (which trained in the art of sitting for long hours and sighing intermittently) led to friendly discussion of their mutual search for meaning in their music-infested lives. ''Twasn''t long before they discovered their shared calling, one which would fulfill their potentials for contributing to the betterment of the world. They resolved to work together to pursue their sacred mission, once sanctioned by their fellow Eurekites, to help others, to advance the causes of justice, truth, and beauty,and to preserve for prosperity a world that their students and other people''s children would be proud--nay honored--to inherit. By what moniker would they pursue such noble causes? What would be their chosen profession, best suited to meeting these worthy challenges? What else could it be but that of ROCK STAR? Step aside Sister Theresas, Jimmy Carters, Red Crosses, and all saints past and present. We bother because.......we care.
- (from OCD website FAQ page - written by Aaron Walker)
"After so many years of performing and writing, I continue to marvel at the breadth and depth of music. See, I teach music to little children. If the kids are laughing, singing and dancing, then my mission is complete. They are participating and they are learning by doing. We are communicating! It''s total communication! The energy just buzzes about the room! I do everything I can to foster that kind of relationship with our adult listeners... It''s that same mind-set that I take to every O.C.D. show. One of my goals is to be able to rock a stadium like the Rolling Stones but doing so in 5/4." - Chris Van Scyoc
Chris Van Scyoc - Musician''s Institute (Los Angeles, California) and Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA); Former projects: Gandy Dancers; composed and performed music for "Hollywood Lives" series for Disney Channel; solo projects; and owner of Cannery Road Recording Studio; runs Children''s Music Source (music classes for kids)
Oh yeah - he plays guitar and sings.
Aaron Walker - played and toured with Plywood Jungle, Burning Bus, Tom Larsen Band, Robert Gordon, Charlie Gracie.
Beats drums and sings.