The Invincible Czars make cinematic, experimental “rock” for music nerds, horror/sci-fi fans, comic book geeks, lovers of cartoons & humor and anyone with a complicated relationship with heavy metal and classical music. Do you like Primus, Frank Zappa, Devo, Danny Elfman, Goblin, Tchaikovsky, Monty Python and Louis Armstrong? We do, too, and our revolving door of players keeps us sounding and looking different from project to project.
We started out making weird music in Austin clubs opening for bands like Secret Chiefs 3, Melt Banana, etc. but our eclectic instrumentation and broad scope quickly led us to crossovers into the fine arts realm.
In 2007, we started accompanying silent films with our own tastefully modern original live soundtracks at the first Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Austin. In 2016, our soundtrack for Nosferatu struck a chord with horror and classic cinema fans nationwide and we’ve been focused primarily on silent horror film soundtracks ever since. These shows are a lot of fun – we encourage audience participation and write music that helps contemporary audiences engage with these 100 year-old movies!
In 2023, we celebrate our 20th anniversary as a band. We’ll be back on the road with our soundtrack for the world’s first feature length first horror film – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in the fall.
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Return of the Pink Elephants video
We're really excited about this new video for "Return of the Pink Elephants." We used this music throughout our silent film soundtrack for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. As we shot the video, violinist Phil Davidson asked me, "How did you even come up with this...
We've been taking some time off after that massive Nosferatu Centennial Tour to make 2023 plans: another US / Canada silent movie tour with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari for fall 2023 and ----------- our 20th Anniversary show in Austin! It'll be our first rock club...