Live Record: Ether Circus

Ether Circus – Live from the Banana Stand is now available in its entirety. Download it today!


Bringing to mind bands I loved in my youth (their insane energy conjures memories of ska music), Ether Circus’s live album rips through 12 tracks in just under 32 minutes. The guys from Ether Circus came to the ‘Stand ready to play, and played well. It seems that real care went into the preparation of the set list and for the performance itself, and Ether Circus made their set something special. Beginning with an introduction that is a telling prologue to the following half hour, Ether Circus transitions non-stop through both Will Change You and Jibber Jabber. Following a short break to catch their breath, they then blow through Broken Bottles and One Last Cigarette, prior to another short break and another two tracks without stop. Ether Circus worked hard for this and during this performance, and you can tell.



The band’s manic pace and energy offers each member chances to exhibit their skills. Cory Wiese’s excellent key work, most on-display mimicking the title instrument in Banjo (an insane feat when you listen to the track). Jake Carpenter’s and Logan Rathman’s vocals, which run the gamut between operatic, traditional and screaming, complementing the band’s driving feel perfectly. Joe Muth’s incredibly solid, consistently interesting drum work, unfailingly providing drive from the band’s foundation. As in the case with all good bands, these components become more than the sum of their individual parts when put together into Ether Circus. This sum is something really great, and something we’re really happy to be able to share with you in this live album.


Despite the fact that each of the guys is serious about creating good music and delivering great live performances, a playful feeling permeates this release. You get the feeling that Ether Circus don’t take themselves too terribly seriously, though each member is a talented, disciplined musician and performer. This is perfect for the band and the music they create, and makes for a great release. It calls to mind some of our other favorite performers in Portland, folks like Tiger House and Alex Arrowsmith and His Pugs. Performers like these serve as an example to everyone that playing fun rock music and having a great time doing it is totally acceptable. The Portland scene owes these performers a debt of gratitude for this.


Anyway, grab this album today. Like always, it’s pay-what-you-want, and like always, it’s super rad. We hope you love it!





Ether Circus – Live from the Banana Stand was recorded in front of a live audience on July 31st, 2010 at the Banana Stand in Portland, Oregon. The album was mixed and mastered by Alex Arrowsmith. Brian David Smith handled design and layout for album art, which includes original photography from Jott Robertson and the original show poster, also by Brian. The Banana Stand would like to thank Ether Circus (Jake, Logan, Joe and Cory), all who participated in this album’s creation and anyone that has helped us out along the way.


Find more from Ether Circus in our interview with them and by visiting them on Facebook and MySpace.