The Invincible Czars: Selection from “1812 Overture”
Who would have thought that a band could take the bellicose pomposity of the “1812 Overture” and kind of make it cheeky and fun? Well, it’s been done by Austin’s own imitable, classical prog-punks The Invincible Czars.
The group, which will cite Stravinsky just as easily as The Melvins as influences, has built a reputation here in town for their innovative, and, yes, sometimes weird compositions. They’ve earned some high praise for their take on Tchaikovksy’s “Nutcracker Suite” and their silent movie scores at the Alamo Drafthouse.
And now they’ve tackled the “1812 Overture” and released a brand new record with the result. The album contains the suite along with works from Sousa, Ravel and an original by ex-Czars drummer Louis Landry. A few weeks back the band came down to the KUT studios for a session with our own John Aielli. For their last song, the band performed a selection from the overture. Take a listen, and get your weekend started off with a bang.