The Circus Kids
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The Circus Kids

Santa Ana, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Santa Ana, California, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Duo Rock Garage Rock


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The Circus Kids (2013) is a concept album that embodies the idea of a rock-n-roll circus influenced by The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus of 1968. That is, it engages various types of sounds influenced from different genres and artists. Multiple tracks serve as tributes to some of The Circus Kids' favorites, such as Queen, The Black Keys, The White Stripes, and The Strokes, but it doesn't stop there. Join them in their journey to bring the circus to a town near you!


2013 Clown Car Records 

Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Synth, Songs Written/Arranged by Pawl Espinoza 

Drums and Percussion, Songs Arranged by Elise Xavier 
Mixed and Produced by Clown Car Records 
Mastered by Jose Cruz Jr. at Lost Patrol Studios and Pawl Espinoza 
Drums Recorded by Andrew Deur at Casa de Romero 

All Songs Copyright of The Circus Kids



The Circus Kids is a garage-rock band consisting of the performers Pawl Espinoza, on guitar and vocals, and Elise Xavier, on drums. Formed in late 2012, the drum and guitar duo quickly hit the music scene of Santa Ana, California. As Santanero writer Samuel Muñoz states, they began “attracting attention from the locals with their high energy shows and clever online videos.”

Pawl conceived of the circus theme after learning about the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus of 1968. This theme can be found throughout The Circus Kids’ music, from lyrical references to lions and elephants, to songs about ringmasters and fire-breathers. 

As a two-piece band, The Circus Kids’ musical style draws inspiration from other duos, like The White Stripes and The Black Keys, who adapted to the challenge of filling in sound with limited instrumentation. Pawl’s bass-heavy guitar riffs, coupled with Elise’s full cymbal sound, serve to fill in the empty gaps which would typically be filled by other instrumental voices. Additionally, Pawl’s background as a drummer provides a unique spin on the genre with the band's emphasis on rhythm and syncopation between the guitar and drums. Together, these elements give their music a raw yet catchy feel that keeps audiences on their feet. 

So, without further ado, we invite you to sit back, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

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