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Review of Spare Me Over at Terrascope U.K.: link

Singing guitarist, John Axtell formed Bread and Circus with ex-Dharma Bum drummer, Sam Donaldson. Soon, Black Sun Ensemble guitarist, Eric Johnson and ex-Los Federales bassist, Joe Yearego were enlisted to add some flesh to Axtell’s musical skeleton and B&C were off to Axtell’s Signalhouse Recording Studio to complete their debut release. Right from the hee-hawing, toe-tapping, countrified Stonesy swagger of opener, ‘Miss Me,’ this is a loose, laidback collection of fun, sloppy rockers in the well-worn tradition of other super groups like Golden Smog and Danny & Dusty. In fact, fans of Wilco, Dream Syndicate, and fellow Arizona desert dwellers, Green On Red should certainly jump right in to this cool oasis of goodtime groovers. ‘My Devil’ honey drips out of your speakers like a caramel sundae melting in the blazing Arizona sun, with Johnson’s dirtyass, fuzzy solo adding a snarling, garagey vibe to the proceedings. ‘Letters’ adds a stroke of ‘Cortez The Killer’-styled minor key blues to the quartet’s bag of trips, with the extra added bonus of delicious backing vocals from the delectable hot babe trio of Monika Damron, Sara Gascho, and Kristan Islas. Toss in Johnson’s warbling wah-wah’s and a pull-the-rug-out-from-under-you ending, and you’ve got a night on the town you won’t soon forget!

‘Love Come Around’ is a moody, tears-in-your-beers weeper, and Donaldson’s crisp drum patterns propels the fried-eyed ‘Salt’ into the wounds of broken-hearted lovers. Thankfully, the band aren’t averse to tossing in an acoustic ballad to mix up the heady brew, and the sleepy, whiskey-soaked ‘Radar’ fits the bill just fine, thank you. The band also lighten things up considerably with the hootin’-and-a-hollerin’, ‘Astor Place,’ an epic cowboy roundup with the Infernal Racket horns and Aldy Montufar’s trumpet stutter-stepping through the drunken carolers, whilst Dylan’s kid, Jakob and his flowers on the wall smile bleary-eyed from the sidelines. The song seems born from listening to ‘One Headlight’ on repeat for hours on end, but is a corny-yet-catchy fun time in the old town, nevertheless. This is definitely a major entry in the always fun ‘Saloon Rock’ style of good time rock and roll. (Jeff Penczak)

Review of Spare Me Over in Tucson Weekly: link

Although it’s been available since at least April, the members of Bread and Circus are just now getting around to celebrating the release of their debut album, Spare Me Over (SlowBurn). The album began as the work of singer/songwriter/guitarist John Axtell, an audio engineer who owns Signalhouse Recording studio, and ex-Dharma Bums drummer Sam Donaldson, but was eventually rounded out by the addition of guitarist/singer Eric Johnson (Black Sun Ensemble, Sun Zoom Spark) and bassist Joe Yearego (Los Federales), as well as a number of guest contributors.

Spare Me Over is one of those albums that sounds timeless: It infuses traditional countrified desert rock with elements of folk, rockabilly, blues and psychedelia, with the shadows of Bob Dylan and Neil Young hovering over it in equal measure. Plus, Axtell is a fine songwriter and literary lyricist. “Miss Me” is a jaunty, galloping, “you’re gonna miss me when I’m gone” ditty (“I guess time is a river that rolls to the sea / And the sea is a sky for the stars in the trees”), while “My Devil” is a Stonesy take on Faust that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Beggars Banquet.

Of the handful of down-tempo tunes found here, “Salt” stands out as a moody slow-burner; the gorgeous “Radar” benefits from some fine piano work; and “Juanita” is an epic, gospel-tinged retelling of the immaculate conception. Elsewhere, “Astor Place” is a drunkenly giddy, absurd sing-along (“She got kicked in the Astor Place, she fell down with the powder on her face / Woke up in flames on Avenue A, took up a collection and cleaned the whole plate off”) complete with handclaps and horns. The bonus track “Buy Something” is a tossed-off critique about consumerism.

Spare Me Over doesn’t cover any new ground, but it doesn’t need to; it treads the ground it covers splendidly.

Bread and Circus perform a rare live show in celebration of the release of Spare Me Over at Vaudeville Cabaret, 110 E. Congress St., on Saturday, July 21. Ghost Cow and Twang Tango will also perform, with music starting somewhere around 9 p.m.

Spare Me Over is available at:
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“Bread and Circus plays rough-hewn country-rock on their debut CD, which has shades of Neil Young when he’s in his most down’n’dirty mood, or a bit of cowpunk on some of the brisker tunes, and perhaps a bit of the early-‘70s Rolling Stones . . . on the whole, however, it’s country-Americana-tinged roots rock with a slightly weary and cynical feel, though it’s not laid back, with some grunge and flame to the electric guitars.” -Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide.

BC guitarist Eric Johnson answers Nine Questions from the Tucson Weekly:link

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