Most bands like to believe that their music is too idiosyncratic and original to be readily classified. In the case of Austin’s Fatback Circus, it’s actually true.
This veteran quartet is dark and heavy enough to appeal to the contemporary metal crowd, but they’re all over the place — in a good way. As demonstrated by their 2006 album The Elephant King and a more recent demo EP, Fatback Circus makes weird, warped, head music that’s equal parts psychedelia, prog-rock, and post-punk. Just to confuse the issue further, at times they get positively folky, with countrified guitar licks and the odd hint of bluesy slide. If they recall anyone, it’s Jane’s Addiction, for that band’s ability to be all things to all rock fans and embody the new and the classic at the same time.
Fatback Circus comes to Scout Bar (19134 U.S. 281 North, scoutbarsa.com) on Saturday, October 11. They’ll be joined by veteran Seattle trio the Presidents of the United States of America. PUSA are best remembered for their alt-goofball hit “Lump,” which inspired Weird Al’s “parody” track “Gump.” Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Showtime is